Jun 11 2013, 6:31am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Apple revealed a new iPhone feature called 'Activation Lock' at WWDC on Monday. The law firms are happy with Apple Incorporated for once. The activation lock featured on its iOS7 doesn’t allow thieves to get their hands on the phone’s facilities. Basically, it works as a kill switch and thereby stops petty thieves from employing or reselling the phone. It is supposed to be the ultimate theft deterrence device. What this means is that your iPhone remains your personal property even if it is in someone else’s hands. According to 9to5Mac, the only snag is what procedure is to be followed in order to sell your iPhone to another user. How will you transfer the rights to the activation lock to the next owner? Will you have to sign a contract? The officials at Apple have been contacted regarding this but they have not answered back yet. Another important point is that the thefts won’t nosedive in one day. Not many sneaky characters know this activation lock feature of the iPhone so they will probably go on stealing the devices despite the deterrence facility that makes the iPhone useless for these bad guys.
The activation lock came as an apt and timely response to the crime wave that had the country’s iPhones being swiped by petty criminals. The law agencies were hounding Apple to do something about this theft epidemic. So the activation lock was invented and necessity was its reason for being. The public and police were both fed up with the theft rates which had spiked to an all-time high of 40% in major cities across the United States. The gangs that ran the mafia in stolen iPhones sent them as far away as China. The thefts have led to violence and even murder. This is a worrisome trend that has to be stemmed. Although there have been voices of praise for Apple’s belated action, there have been a few critical statements too. The people are waiting to see if the activation lock delivers or not.
Apple’s iPhone is a very handy and smoothly operating smart phone that has so many features on it. Obviously, for this reason it has become the envy of millions who wish they could own one too. Some of these who want an easy way out turn to crime in order to get hold of an iPhone. It is to stop these mutineers in their tracks that Apple’s activation lock is there.
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