Wednesday, June 12, 2013

iPhone Update To Reduce Apple Picking Smartphone Thefts

Earlier this week, Apple Computer held their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). During these events, Apple usually announces the new products that will be released. This WWDC was no different. One part of the announcement of a new operating system for iPhone and iPad devices included an announcement that will benefit law enforcement.
Now the company that gave the crime its name is taking a step to stop it, with a "kill switch"-style update aimed at making the mobile gadgets less valuable to thieves.

Activation Lock will be part of iOS 7, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system expected to roll out in the fall. The feature will require an Apple ID and password before the phone's "Find My iPhone" feature can be turned off or any data can be erased.

via CNN
The popularity of these devices also has a negative consequence, that of also making the devices popular with thieves. Crime analysts often refer to these items that are popular with thieves with the acronym CRAVED. I've posted about CRAVED before here.

I'm hoping that this type of technological advancements will help stem the tide of Apple Picking thefts, at least for a little while. I also hope more manufacturers will get on board with these efforts.

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