NYPD tells Apple iPhone owners to update to iOS 7

NYPD tells Apple iPhone owners to update to iOS 7
The NYPD must be getting tired of writing up reports about stolen Apple iPhone units. Considering that iOS 7 includes some new security features, New York's Finest are handing out notices in the big, uh, Apple. The notices suggest that iOS 7 be installed by iPhone users because of the new security features that it comes with. It also points out that the update is free.

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.

NYPD is handing out brochures suggesting that iOS 7 be installed because of its security extras

NYPD is handing out brochures suggesting that iOS 7 be installed because of its security extras


source: Twitter via AllThingsD

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38 Comments

1. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 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: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

24. zhiae unregistered

no.becuase the bypass is easier.

25. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

38. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Nowadays, who doesn't???

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

They want your finger prints and access to the features that the NSA slipped in.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Absolutely! Things like remote activation of the phone to record conversations. Especially since the battery can not be pulled.

21. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I wonder how updating to iOS 7 will give the NSA access to my fingerprints

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

big possibility*

34. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This isn't about the 5S is it though? It's about current iPhone users installing iOS 7.

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Getting sick and tired of that picture.

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 1558; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Hate to admit this but i do give credit to Apple is reinvented Activation Lock.

5. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: Mar 05, 2013

Actually 911 was called first, then Mr. Martin shot second... and then 911 called third?

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Yup. Works even after the person wipes, restores, or even downgrades the device. Brilliant.

10. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: Jun 10, 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.

14. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Thank you

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There is a value to the parts of an iPhone.

23. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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: Oct 04, 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: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

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