Apple shows off Activation Lock for iOS 7

Apple shows off Activation Lock for iOS 7
With smartphone thefts rising, Apple on Monday introduced a new Activation Lock for iOS 7 at WWDC. If someone finds or steals your Apple iPhone and then tries to disable Find My iPhone, that person will not be able to reactivate the device. The same thing occurs if the phone is wiped. To activate the unit, the person with your iPhone would have to know your Apple ID and password, which you've smartly kept to yourself as a huge secret, right?

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.

source: Engadget



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Say goodbye to stolen iphones from Ebay/craigslist/stranger in a gas station.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 592; Member since: May 26, 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: Aug 27, 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: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If Apple blacklists the phone (by MAC or some other code), how can it be activated?

17. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 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: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 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: Feb 15, 2012

i want my thumbs down button back!!!!

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 391; Member since: May 24, 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: Jan 16, 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.

20. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Everybody can express freely here

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Apple is better than Android!!! There I said it but now I can't be thumbed down... Trololol abusing the power :p

19. itreday

Posts: 68; Member since: May 24, 2012

Haha, apple rules :p

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Hahaha on you! Android rulz! And no one can thumb me down.... Nanner, nanner, nanner!!!!

5. gust3r3u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

no thumbs down , sweeeet , great changes to ios

6. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

This is good!

11. TheBitterrTruth unregistered

Now I got why PA has removed thumbs down button

13. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 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: 746; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I wonder if they disabled DFU mode. If this is the case, jailbreaking will be very hard now.

15. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 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.

18. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

this is good...

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