NYPD tells Apple iPhone owners to update to iOS 7
On the bottom of the notice is a sketch of an Apple iPhone running iOS 7. We wonder if it was drawn by a police sketch artist. Anyway, the one application that has the cops in New York taking time from busting jaywalkers is the "Activation Lock". This new feature prevents the bad guys from disabling "Find My Phone". It also prevents thieves from erasing it or reactivating it. The NYPD even hung out around the City's Apple Stores telling iOS users to update to the latest build.
And the two law enforcement officials who have been working together trying to bring down smartphone thefts, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco’s District Attorney George Gascón, have issued a joint statement suggesting the update. So there you have it folks, the cops and top law enforcement officials want you to install iOS 7 on your iPhone. The phone you save might be your own.
source: Twitter via AllThingsD
1. zig8100 (Posts: 118; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)
Maybe they want to able to shut your phone off. Shutting off all recording features and radios to your iphone. Love how they always make it seem like its for your own good.
19. dangchitrung (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
No. Just because they think IOS 7 sports a better Apple Maps. They have been fed up with lost sheeeeep using IOS 6 maps.
25. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
First Obama protect Apple, then NYPD tells Apple iPhone owners to update to iOS 7, in my opinion there is no doubt that Apple collaborate with NSA.
2. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)
They want your finger prints and access to the features that the NSA slipped in.
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5593; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Absolutely! Things like remote activation of the phone to record conversations. Especially since the battery can not be pulled.
21. E.N. (Posts: 2234; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I wonder how updating to iOS 7 will give the NSA access to my fingerprints
26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Of course there is no access to your fingerprints on previous iPhone models since they don't have fingerprint scanner, but on iPhone 5S there is big probability.
34. E.N. (Posts: 2234; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
This isn't about the 5S is it though? It's about current iPhone users installing iOS 7.
3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6226; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Getting sick and tired of that picture.
27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Last time when one of PhoneArena writers put picture with black guy in handcuffs, it automatically became racism even if there was no racism. So this time in article picture we can see white male in handcuffs and this time it is not racism, this time it is everything fine. :D
4. cncrim (Posts: 477; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Hate to admit this but i do give credit to Apple is reinvented Activation Lock.
5. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Stop it with all the accusations that kids keep on throwing at the cops left and right. They have their own flows just like any system on this planet. If a murder happened in your house, if anything wrong goes with you, don't tell me that you won't rush to your phone and call 911!!
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5593; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
The US is the most heavily armed country in the world. The intruder would be shot first, and then 911 would be called. Look at what happened to Trayvon Martin.
11. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Actually 911 was called first, then Mr. Martin shot second... and then 911 called third?
15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5593; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
My point was that there is a preference to taking matters into their own hands in response to maherk's post about whining and then rushing to call 911.
If Zimmerman had been at home, he probably would have just shot an intruder and then called 911 - I certainly would. If someone is trying to break into my home, there is no way on Earth that the PD is going to be able to respond in time to stop an intruder. Time to break out the Remington 870 Pump that is loaded with 00 Buck.
36. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
That man would probably invite someone in, shoot them, break his own Window, then call 911.
8. Sauce (unregistered)
The new activation lock is very nice.
12. illusionmist (Posts: 97; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
Yup. Works even after the person wipes, restores, or even downgrades the device. Brilliant.
10. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Who will suggest to update to ios7, next? The greengrocer?
"Here's the salad, and remember to update to iOS 7!"
It's getting ridicolous.
17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5593; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
No, next will be signs posted (and flyers distributed) at bars warning patrons to upgrade their iPhones so that if their iPhone is stolen at the bar, they can protect themselves....
13. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Somehow I don't see updating the OS slowing down people who have a desire to steal iPhones. If they want the phone, they'll steal it and worry about security protocols later.
16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5593; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
There is a value to the parts of an iPhone.
23. E.N. (Posts: 2234; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I'm sure there is, but let's not pretend the parts is the reason why iPhone theft is so high.
32. adk199 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)
No, insurance is. Yet another gazillion of old iPhone 4 and 5 are about to be "stolen" within a few months time :-)
22. E.N. (Posts: 2234; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
But once the stolen phone is locked, they won't be able to sell it. It won't happen overnight, but eventually people will catch on and realize they are not worth stealing.
Maybe now they'll start stealing Android devices?
29. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Lol! I looooove Android phones, but I doubt it. Android phones don't have the prestige or status that comes with the iPhone. If you compare these phones to cars (mine will be more practicle, I promise) I would say the iphone is a Cadillac CSX, while Androids can be anything else in the GM family from the Chevy Spark to a Hummer 1, H2, or H3. Still very nice capable phones, but they just don't catch people attention add much.
33. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
You don't think so, why? I'm okay with the iPhone being the flashy phone. For me, it's more about substance. That's why my OS of choice is Android.
35. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
If you're only going to compare Android to GM, then you're analysis is off base. If you had said GM, Ford, Ferrari, Porsche, Honda, Toyota, Lamborghini, and others, it would have been more accurate. I don't make cell phone comparisons to cars though, they almost always are off base. Doing so isn't comparing apples to oranges, it's comparing apples to elephants.
37. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
It's more so the personalities I'm comparing. We're talking about iPhones versus all Android OEMs, true. But I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible. We all know Android has many different OEMs. But just keeping it in the GM family gets the point across very well I think.
The iPhone is one phone = CSX
Android phones go from big to small, long to short, and everything in between including the higher end models = Spark to Hummers
I'm sure E.N. doesn't need me to explain the different OEMs = Ford, Ferrari, Porsche...
18. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
This is a big step in the right direction, but will it really STOP phones from being stolen? Most people won't know what Activation Lock is or wht it does. So the thug who steals an iPhone with ios7 will create a new way of getting paid with your device. Sell it for parts, put it on eBay, Craigslist, or just sell it to someone else who doesn't know the phone is unusable.
Either way, I think Apple gets an A for effort. It will be interesting to see what other security measures this leads to.
20. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
wow.. is there a new feature in iOS 7 called iWillnotbestolen? I don't see why upgrading to iOS 7 will do you any good if someone wants to steal your phone.. even if they use PowerRangerSGX69 as GPU..
30. rallyguy (Posts: 532; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Dumb. I would not recommend anyone update the OS on their phone as soon as it comes out no matter what system it is. There will be bugs to work out. The last update was a mess.