Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Mark B. Schmidt

Second Advisor

Lynn Collen

Third Advisor

Sneh Kalia

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Digital forensics, Forensic Acquisition, Iphone, Android, Acquisition methods, recovery.


Mobile phones are most widely used as mini laptops as well as personal digital devices one could have. The dependency on mobiles for every single person on every single aspect has increased day by day. Depending on the operating systems, storage capacity, user interface developed by various manufacturers, there are numerous mobile phones designed with diverse computing capabilities. Among all the distinct kinds of smart mobile devices that are available in the mobile market, iPhone became one of the most popularly used smart mobiles across the world due to its complex logical computing capabilities, striking touch interface, optimum screen resolutions. People started relying on iPhone by utilizing its functionalities including storing sensitive information, capturing pictures, making online payments by providing credentials. These factors made iPhone to be one of the best resources for the forensic department to retrieve and analyze sensitive information and provide supporting evidence. Thus, the rise of iPhone forensics took place where the data is retrieved and analyzed with the help of various iPhone forensic tool kits. The agenda of this paper is to give overview of iPhone forensics and mainly focuses on analysis done, and challenges faced while retrieving the sensitive information on iPhone by means of distinct forensic tools when compare to Android mobile device forensics