Over the past few months Apple has been preparing for a battle with The U.S Government. The Government believes that it should be able to access any data from anyone living in the U.S as a matter of security. Apple, however, believes in their costumer’s security first and foremost. A simple way to look at encryption is a secure, locked down, or “encrypted” chunk of information is passed between to secure devices. If you don’t have the right codes for the encryption, you can’t access it.
Apple released a letter to its costumers discussing more.