Activation Lock On

In the twelve months after Apple added an Activation Lock feature to its devices, iPhone theft has dropped 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York, Reuters reported Wednesday. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half following the Activation Lock introduction, which debuted alongside iOS 7 in September 2013.

In California, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies have put into effect a law mandating kill switches, but it’s yet to go into effect.

Nevertheless, smartphone theft in California is already dropping because “some manufacturers have already started installing the software-based switches on the devices they sell,” according to San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.

A similar report in June 2014 determined that Activation Lock helped decrease iPhone robberies by 38 percent in San Francisco, 24 percent in London and 19 percent in New York in just six months after Apple released the feature.

Activation Lock screen

The National Consumers League estimated that mobile devices were stolen from 1.6 million Americans in 2012. And in California, smartphone theft accounts for more than half of all crimes in San Francisco, Oakland and other cities.

Available on iOS 7 or later, Activation Lock is a smartphone kill switch feature that gets turned on by default when you set up Find My iPhone on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

The feature makes it harder for anyone to use or sell your device if it’s ever lost or stolen by requiring your Apple ID and password before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone on your device, sign out of iCloud or erase and reactivate your device.

In addition to Apple, Google’s Android has implemented a kill switch of its own while Microsoft is expected to add a similar feature to its own Windows Phone software.

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Source: Reuters

  • Stefano Polo

    I can only imagine that it hasn’t dropped more in NYC because these people who steal iPhones aren’t aware of this feature (that is until they steal one after this was implemented)

    • Waleed Bin Khalid

      omg really ? i thought there are more stealers in New York, who know well these features of iPhone. never knew they are this much ignorant . damn..

  • imvaid

    You can still unlock the phone for some extra money if you want

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      • SoylentGreen

        Marey you can de-solder and dump, re-flash and replace an IC with the imei on, at the very hardest, but hardcore unlockers will have a tool, top devs, such as r.petrich or greensn0w could untie this bs in an hour, new imei written to otp the full shebang. Garuntee it. Not that ur ever gonna see it happening but I would bet it’s getting done. You could buy a prigeammer online to mske you the sidtware, if you couldn’t make it yourself 😉

      • drgonz0

        Or you could just buy a phone. It’s cheaper.

      • Jonathan

        I’ll go with this.

      • SoylentGreen

        When you have a magnified soldering light, hot air gun, solder iron, flux and a willem for reprogramming ic’s it is a 5 minute job

      • lemonhead

        what about DoulCi? used to work on ios 7 don’t know about ios 8 tho…

      • stock promoting that shit, those guys only are a bunch of scammers

      • lemonhead

        first **stop

        second, i didn’t promote their service in any way. That was an info and yet indeed it managed to piss you off…

        But for the record, I had a friend who activated his phone through their service and it did work (just so people know)

  • SoylentGreen

    but it also makes alot of free market traders completely lose out on thousands of dollars because of user errors, and the real crooks aka insurance companies (google ‘insurance insider dealing scandals’), profit massively therefore ensuring the cash is funneled back to the 0.1 percent of the elte class who control all the money, minerals, erc etc, crude blunt objects of tyrants are are always dressed up as something to “save” or “protect” you, the authorities could stop the thefts in numerous ways that doesn’t involve channeling money away from normal businessmen and bAck to crony capitalists, minimum they could try addressing some of the issues that would make someone so desperate they actually feel they need to steal a phone in the first place.
    Smoke & mirrors.
    Classic misdirection.

  • rockdude094

    Not entirely sure that it’s only due to activation lock

  • Aditya Bhatt

    They can easily replace the motherboard and sell it right ?

    • SoylentGreen

      Yeah mate, or if you have a very basic solder setup you can change 1 chip.

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