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The above image was posted to Twitter yesterday by World Bank’s Jim Rosenberg, with the caption: the New York Police Department has a message for you iPhone and iPad folks.

Apparently, the NYPD has been handing out fliers at subway exits and in front of Apple Stores, encouraging people to upgrade to iOS 7 for its new ‘Activation Lock’ security feature…

In a city where the crime rate spiked last year due to mobile device thefts—particularly those with a fruit on the back, it’s not surprising to see New York Police spreading the word about iOS 7.

For those unfamiliar with the Activation Lock feature in iOS 7, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It keeps criminals from activating your iPhone on a carrier, or otherwise reprogramming it, without your Apple ID and password.

Here are a few more tweets from New Yorkers:

And AllThingsD points to a Facebook campaign:


It remains to be seen how effective it will be in thwarting iPhone thefts, but as you can see, officials seem fairly confident. In addition to the NYPD, San Francisco DA George Gascón is also urging users to install iOS 7.

  • Rickm_jr

    Does the activation lock still work even through a DFU restore? I would test but not trying to go through all that trouble ._. Just wondering

    • Spasillium

      yes it does

    • Dallas Groot

      Its active the second you connect your device to wifi/your computer after restore.

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  • Lé Andy

    For those wondering about DFU Restore and Activation Lock.
    You will still get locked out and required to use an Apple ID even if you do it.
    Even if you manage to downgrade to iOS 6, still going to get locked out!! (Thanks Apple. Literally. This is one of the best security features 🙂 )

    • Biken Dangol

      This should have been introduce long time ago. Prior to loosing my IPhone 5. This is worthless for me.

      • Falk M.

        Hmm, I see you’ll never lose a phone again, that’s a nice plan you have and I hope it works out, but how do you know already so this would be worthless to you? 😉

        (No Captain Obvious needed, I know you’re referring to the past)

      • Biken Dangol

        Cause Right Now I don’t have iphone. I’m using crappy Android cheap model mobile phone.

      • Bill

        That sucks.

        Hope you get to the end of your contract in one piece.

  • Caio Falasqui

    damn Apple,hiring cops to make people lose jailbreak

    • Raashid

      Lol, that just might be the case, ’cause pretty much every official user has no choice; iOS 7 is automatically downloaded via OTA without your consent.

      • Nate McKelvie

        What do u mean it’s automatically installed without your consent?

      • Raashid

        Check out this blog post (wp me/p3K8t9-R).

        It gets downloaded OTA without your consent, consuming precious space (especially if you’re using an 8 GB device). So, only way of getting rid of it is to either install iOS 7 or restore via iTunes, which officially also installs iOS 7.

    • IG:Yves_brownn

      Haha really as if u knew what there upto! Won’t upgrade to that lame 1os7 without the JB

  • Raashid

    Nice, it sure won’t stop the first round of thefts after iOS 7, but thieves would surely get discoruaged knowing they wasted their time to get a brick….first round of victims would just have to buy a new iDevice.

    • Muhammad Ali

      it will never stop mobile crime, thiefs will sale in parts d

  • Core

    ill keep my jailbreak thank you 🙂

    • Tom Brady

      and the crook will keep your phone thank u 😉

      • Raashid

        More likely with Activation Lock than with iCaughtU Pro; in which case, I’ll probably have their face as evidence ready to call crime stoppers…

      • Mhm

        And Cydia beats Apple yet again.

      • Jo

        and it allways will!

      • Arthur Geron

        a good robber already turn it off and restore it.. there’s nothing you can do against that if you don’t use iOS7

      • Lol, sounding like a noob to the jailbreak scene.

        As soon as they get a hold of the iDevice, the robber would first attempt turning off the device the regular way; hold down the power button then slide to power off. With iCaughtU Pro, the robber wouldn’t be able to do that; a photo of their face would be taken on such attempt, emailed to your inbox and that’s all you need as evidence…regardless what they do with the phone after that, you already have evidence.

      • Arthur Geron

        Well, judge as you want, I know jailbreak very well.. but only a stupid robber would turn it off like that..

      • The average thief ain’t no computer geek (they’re humans too you know), so I doubt they’ll know what a jailbreak is unless majority of Apple users do. Never the less, you still have a higher potential of getting your phone back with iCaughtU Pro, whereas, with just Activation Lock, you’ll most likely have to still buy a new phone; ’cause your old one is probably going into the trash can…

      • Arthur Geron

        you’re right, but that means if we get a jailbreak for iOS7 we’ll have the perfect smartphone

      • Yunsar

        Yeah and the battery will probably be dead by the time the crook gets it

      • Core

        oh i actually have activation lock and+iCaughtU on iOS 6 because i downgraded and its still linked to my device. so cheers!

  • chumawumba

    …But it shows an iOS 6 iPad….

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Quick question, i bought an iPhone 4s on ebay today and well the pictures show it on ios 6. Should i first make sure its on my apple id account before updating it to ios 7 or if i update it to ios 7 first will it ask me for the old owners apple id?

    • CryptoCoin420

      On iOS 7 you have to turn off “find my iphone” in order to restore it. So you should be able to restore it no problem if its on iOS 6.

  • felixtaf

    I think it also affects used cellphone buyers from eBay and craigslist. eBay, atleast you can get your money back. Craigslist – lost…

    Activation Lock a good feature against smartphone theft though… And its a necessary feature in a world where your smartphone is twice (or more) as expensive as your laptop…

    • Isn’t Craiglist just like Kijiji? As-in it’s local purchases only, so, you’ll have to meet face to face with the seller and pay them in cash; by that time you should have checked if the phone working or not…

      • felixtaf

        Yes. Thats how it supposed to work. But not evryone will do that. One of my friend was sold a fake Note 2 and another with a new S4 (got blacklisted in a few days with TMobile). Recently I read a news, where a lady was sold two new Apple devices with an Apple inside each box.

        I have a doubt. If you buy an activated phone, do you need the activation details if you reset it?

      • Oh, just lazy people breaking the rules and paying for it with their cash.

        Regarding buying an activated phone, I was thinking the exact same thing; how do you sell an Activation Lock registered iDevice? I think when you first restore it, and activate it (no need to set it up to activate it), the Apple ID you use to set it up as a new device would become the new owner…that’s the customer friendly way, but wouldn’t be surprised if it actually locks ownership of the device to you…the greedy-cooperation friendly way.

      • felixtaf

        Exactly. There is no separate setting for activation lock. It will be activated with the the account that activates the phone. No idea how to cancel that and sell it or buy one with confidence.

        Edit: www dot tuaw dot com/2013/09/20/ios-7-activation-lock-secures-your-device-in-case-of-theft/
        It says activation lock can be enabled via find my iphone (if lost or stolen). And turning off find my iphone and erase all settings is enough to sell the device.

      • Oh, that’s somewhat good news…now just need to wait for some details on how to turn off Find My iPhone; ’cause I just noticed in the new Find My iPhone app, I can’t swipe on my iDevice and tap “Delete” like I could before (that’s what I did to get rid of my old iPhones when selling them). Also, don’t see any option to delete the phone via the FindMyiPhone section on the iCloud com website :O

        Maybe I can only do that if I’m attempting it from another iDevice?…hope that’s not the case.

      • felixtaf

        Thats what I did to remove my older devices from find my iPhone. And as you mentioned, cant delete the current device now.

        But there is an option to TURN OFF find my iPhone in iPhone settings. Go to Settings – iCloud — You can turn off find my iPhone and it asks for iCloud/Apple id password.

        I jus turned it off and got an email saying “find my iphone has been disabled from your iPhone 5” and in the app, it says no devices. I think this is the way to turn it off.

      • Yup, that indeed turns it off and removes it from your account…Thanks for the info.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Settings/privacy/location services/find my iphone

      • Nope, that only stops it from locating your device; it still remains registered to your account if you do that. felixtaf’s approach does both; stop it from locating your device and unregisters your Apple account.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Your right, I actually turned it off in iCloud/find my iphone. I was thinking I turned it off on privacy but I didn’t. Lol good catch

  • Muhammad Ali

    it will never stop mobile crime, thiefs will sale in parts

    • Jo

      but there’s not much money made then. and nobody wants to buy iphone parts.

      • Bill

        Lies. There’s lots of money to be made in iPhone screens; they usually go for between $40 (as the part) and $80 (installed) on the Craigslist.

      • Jo

        It will still make a big stop to crime and stop thieves. It won’t stop all of them, but a lot.
        Also I looked up iPhone parts on craiglist and absolutely nothing came up.
        On eBay I looked it up, the average price for iphone parts was about 50 bucks though. Not that much cash.

  • Anonymous

    Next up on the black market the prettiest paper wait ever

  • n0ahcruz3

    lol anyway i heard a rumor that a group from germany cracked the 5s touch id. They call themselves CCC, stands for Chaos Computing Club. I wonder if this is legit.

    • All rumors until it hits the news. If it actually happened that fast, I’ll have myself a great laugh at Apple security practices…

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yeah. We’ll just see tomorrow. With 15 grand as prize money for cracking the 5s touch id, i bet all the hackers in the world are going overtime to crack it.

  • disqus_2SjTXBPZGi

    Yay, an official the government agencies working for a corporation

  • Barbara

    Iphone7 issues!!! How to delete a location in the weather. Also my daughter cannot receive my texts now. She is in Germany and I am in NZ. Any ideas anyone please..

    • Qasim Bashir

      just go through the settings, everything is there

    • Nathan Jung

      Welcome to the past, we are not sure how this function works on this iPhone as it has not yet been released. Please ask again in a few years.

    • becoolyolanda

      same texting trouble here – omfg apple…

  • BeatModz

    ok, yeah sure !! while you at it buy an iPhone 5s and put your fingerprint also ( HEHE ) its safe dont worry 🙂

  • It’s a conspiracy to steal our information. 😉