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

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
Staff member
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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Rippleman

TS Evangelist
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.
 

Nobina

TS Evangelist
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.
 

Rippleman

TS Evangelist
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.
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.
 

Nobina

TS Evangelist
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.
Yeah, thief doesn't have any use from the item but still someone doesn't have his phone anymore.
 
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davislane1

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

Nobina

TS Evangelist
you are missing the next logical step... knowing that there is no point to steal another one.
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.
 
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Guest

Surely its the popularity of the I-phones dropping that has resulted in less thefts.