iOS 7's Activation Lock feature responsible for fewer stole iPhones

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Jun 19, 2014
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  1. Smartphone kill switches may very well be mandatory in the future but are the solutions already on the market - namely, the Activation Lock feature in iOS 7 - actually doing anything to curb smartphone theft in high-risk areas? It...

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  2. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 817   +371

    If only everyone knew about this. It would result in almost ZERO percent of iphones being stolen. The only ones that would be stolen are people hoping that the owner doesn't have an icloud name.
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,339   +843

    How is software preventing someone from stealing? I know that robbers know that they can't use the stolen phone now but even if you have implemented lock features on your phone it can still be stolen and if they cannot use the phone they can just destroy it so you don't get it back.
  4. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 817   +371

    theft is a result of greed and incentive. If your end result nets you no value or no use of the item stolen, then incentive becomes zero.
  5. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,339   +843

    Yeah, thief doesn't have any use from the item but still someone doesn't have his phone anymore.
  6. Hexic

    Hexic TS Maniac Posts: 333   +165

    Fewer stolen iPhones* :p
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    If the item is useless the theft is pointless, so the thief wont steal it anymore.
  8. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 817   +371

    you are missing the next logical step... knowing that there is no point to steal another one.
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,739   +3,757

    My iPhone is internally lined with primer cord – thieve at your own risk.
  10. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,339   +843

    No I got that, but where I'm from the thieves really don't care, they won't stop stealing cause there's always a chance that the persons phone is not protected, they are desprate people anyway, especially cause of economical situation here, but I can see the point.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    But I thought the whole point of an iPhones existence was to curb thieves stealing Android and Windows phones...
  12. Surely its the popularity of the I-phones dropping that has resulted in less thefts.

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