Apple’s development arm, Battle Arms, has officially ended, the company announced on Wednesday.
The announcement comes on the heels of Apple announcing a new partnership with the National Security Agency in December to allow Apple to use data from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCIC) in order to analyze data about potential terrorist threats.
The move comes amid increasing tensions between Apple and the FBI over the use of data from NCIC in its investigations.
Apple’s announcement of the new partnership was made on the day the FBI revealed it would be using NCIC data to help it investigate the company’s encryption protocols.NCIC has been at the center of multiple investigations into the company, including the case against former CEO Steve Jobs and its alleged role in the iCloud hack.
Apple has faced criticism over its encryption policies, as well as its use of encryption by several major tech companies, including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.
In an effort to combat the growing pressure on its encryption efforts, Apple has announced plans to end its encryption in the coming months.