The utilitarian ethical theory presents the argument that decision making in an ethical situation must be done based on the prediction of the consequence of action. The utilitarian would hence evaluate the ethical situation and would select that solution which results in benefits as consequence to the majority of the people. There were different stakeholders identified earlier. By carrying out the action of unlocking the phone the FBI will benefit because they will be able to use the data extracted from phone in order to find the terrorists. The people who were directly and indirectly affected by the terrorist incident would be able to get some closure on the incident if the data was extracted from the phone. The public at large would be feeling insecure because of the terrorist incident. If the phone was unlocked and some data was obtained from the phone leading to an arrest, then the public could feel more secure. Consumers of Apple could worry about the security issue, but then consumers would want the terrorists apprehended. Furthermore, all smartphone users would be a stakeholder, as whatever decision Apple took, the chances are most of the industry would start following it. Smartphone users can be divided as to the benefits of having the phone unlocked. Some would worry about privacy concerns. A majority of the users would want the terrorist found even if it means a trade-off to privacy. Now it can be identified that if the phone was unlocked in spite of some divided opinion, it maximizes the benefits to most stakeholders. As per the utilitarian theory, the choice of unlocking will yield the greatest benefit to most people.