Apple shows off Activation Lock for iOS 7
Apple and other smartphone manufacturers have been lambasted by law enforcement officials for not doing enough to prevent smartphone related robberies, which have gone through the roof. Later this week, Apple, Samsung, Motorola and other OEMs are meeting in New York City with top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York to discuss ways to stop this epidemic.
The Activation Lock is available in beta starting today for the Apple iPhone with a version for the Apple iPad coming soon. A final public release is scheduled for the fall.
1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1963; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Say goodbye to stolen iphones from Ebay/craigslist/stranger in a gas station.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If nothing else, this should be a compelling value proposition for iOS. Android and WP... time to step up your game!
16. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 342; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Yes Google, it's time to add this simple yet effective feature to your next OS release with some type of finders app built in. Of course if the user wants to deactivate the finders app, they'll need to enter their user name and password through a 2 step authentication process before they can deactivate it. If the finders app is active and a thief tries to circumvent the finders app and deactivate it, force the phone to enter into a lock down mode that requires the user name and password through a 3 step authentication process.
Obviously this won't be effective for the few thieves who have access to the resources necessary to root and/or unlock bootloaders, but it will be effective for the many thieves who don't.
7. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
It's too early to say goodbye. IOS is probably still going to be easy to jailbreak and remove this activation lock feature.
9. Leo_MC (Posts: 717; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
If Apple blacklists the phone (by MAC or some other code), how can it be activated?
17. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 342; Member since: 26 May 2011)
This doesn't appear to be the work of MAC address blacklisting. This appears to be the work of an application on the device itself, so simply jail breaking the device and removing the app would circumvent this feature.
Now if Apple decides to blacklist devices based on MAC address, then that would be the ultimate theft protection.
23. Leo_MC (Posts: 717; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
It's the same thing if Apple denies access to it's store if the app is missing.
2. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
i want my thumbs down button back!!!!
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
You can't have it.... If you want to thumbs-down something, you have to make a post to that effect. And be identified as such (with the potential for an enforced vacation).
8. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)
Nope, it's nice to be able to talk positive about what you like without some dimwitted troll thumbing you down just because he/she doesn't like it. Great move my PA.
12. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
You could have talk positive about whatever you wanted before. The like/dislike system is there so people can show if they agree or disagree with you without having to spam the comment section. A little red thumb on a comment that will be forgotten about in a few days time should never hold that much weight on someone. But hey, limit the expression of others just so YOU can express freely.
22. E.N. (Posts: 2577; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Yes you can always express what you feel by leaving a comment. I've always thought that thumbing down was a b*tch move if you don't explain why.
10. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 218; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Apple is better than Android!!! There I said it but now I can't be thumbed down... Trololol abusing the power :p
21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Hahaha on you! Android rulz! And no one can thumb me down.... Nanner, nanner, nanner!!!!
5. gust3r3u (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)
no thumbs down , sweeeet , great changes to ios
11. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)
Now I got why PA has removed thumbs down button
13. PhoneCritic (Posts: 474; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Great!!! this is needed all the major phone manufactures need to do something about this. In the schools countless Motorola, HTC, Samsung and Apple devices are always either stolen or lost. S3, iPhones, tablets, iPad and iPods.
14. Blazers (Posts: 356; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
I wonder if they disabled DFU mode. If this is the case, jailbreaking will be very hard now.
15. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 342; Member since: 26 May 2011)
First off let me say that I will be an Android user for life, I think this may be the first iPhone feature that has ever impressed me.