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Apple Launches Self-Serve Portal for Initiating Activation Lock Removal Requests

Friday February 12, 2021 7:13 am PST by
Apple today added a new "Turn off Activation Lock" page to its website that provides steps users can take to turn off the security feature on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. As noted on Reddit, the page includes a link to start an Activation Lock support request in the United States, meaning that customers no longer have to contact an Apple support representative by phone, email, or online...

Apple's Activation Lock Website Played Key Role in Hack, Perhaps Explaining its Removal

Monday January 30, 2017 9:45 am PST by
Apple recently removed the Activation Lock status checker from its website, giving no explanation as to why a seemingly useful tool was eliminated. The Activation Lock website was designed to make sure a used device being purchased wasn't locked with Activation Lock, rendering it unusable. As it turns out, the Activation Lock website was a vital part of a bypass hack used to unlock devices...

Apple Removes Tool to Check if an iPhone or iPad is Activation Locked

Sunday January 29, 2017 9:40 am PST by
Apple has removed its Activation Lock status checker on at some point in the past few days. The tool enabled users to enter the serial number or IMEI of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and find out if the device is secured with Activation Lock, helping buyers avoid purchasing a device locked to another user. An individual purchasing a used iPhone on eBay or another website, for...
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Users Report Some iPhone 7 and 6s Models Activation Locked With Wrong Apple IDs

Wednesday October 5, 2016 12:32 pm PDT by
An increasing number of iPhone users are experiencing an Activation Lock issue in which the device is linked to an Apple ID email address that does not belong to them, according to crowdsourced information from MacRumors and Twitter. MacRumors reader Balders, who recently purchased an iPhone 7 Plus, explained in our discussion forums:Just received my brand new 256GB Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus....

Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2

Monday June 8, 2015 2:51 pm PDT by
Following today's big WWDC keynote address in San Francisco, a few new details and confirmations have been made about the Apple Watch, specifically regarding a crucial security feature for the wearable. Activation Lock, previously available for iPhones and iPads, was confirmed to be coming to Apple Watch with watchOS 2. The feature lets users secure their Apple Watch with their Apple ID,...

Apple Watch Vulnerable to Theft With No Activation Lock

Wednesday May 13, 2015 12:04 pm PDT by
Our iPhones and iPads are protected by Activation Lock, a security feature that prevents thieves from wiping and using a stolen Apple device with a new account, but the recently released Apple Watch has no similar security feature. As pointed out by iDownloadBlog in a detailed post on the security of the Apple Watch, there is nothing that stops a lost or stolen Apple Watch from being wiped and ...
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iPhone Theft Continues to Drop in Three Major Cities Thanks to Activation Lock

Wednesday February 11, 2015 4:13 am PST by
Authorities from two major U.S. cities and London on Tuesday reported (via Reuters) that smartphone theft has dropped drastically since the release of remote-access "kill-switches" that allow users to lock their missing smartphone before any crucial information is stolen. Specifically, the number of stolen iPhones dropped 25 percent in New York, 40 percent in San Francisco, and 50 percent in...

Apple Creates Tool to Check Activation Lock Status on iOS Devices

Wednesday October 1, 2014 6:34 pm PDT by
Apple has released a new Activation Lock Status tool (via iDownloadBlog) that will make it easier for people buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to avoid getting a device that is locked to another user. Accessible via, the Activation Lock Status Checker allows users to enter a Device IMEI or Serial number to check whether a device has Activation Lock turned on. Activation ...
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iOS 7's Activation Lock Feature Helping Reduce iPhone Theft in Three Major Cities

Thursday June 19, 2014 12:11 am PDT by
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today that Apple's Activation Lock feature in iOS 7 has led to a "significant" reduction of iPhone-related theft in New York, London, and San Francisco, reports The New York Times. Measuring crime after Apple introduced Activation Lock alongside iOS 7 last Fall, police officers in San Francisco said that iPhone robberies in the city fell ...
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Hacker Team Claims Compromise of Apple's iCloud and Activation Lock, Possibly via SSL Bug [Updated]

Wednesday May 21, 2014 10:00 am PDT by
A pair of hackers from the Netherlands and Morocco, identifying themselves as AquaXetine and MerrukTechnolog, claim to have compromised the security of Apple's iCloud system for locking iOS devices. The hack will unlock stolen iPhones by bypassing Activation Lock, making it possible for thieves to resell the phones easily on the black market, reports Dutch publication De Telegraaf [Google...
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Government Officials Praise 'Activation Lock' Feature of iOS 7 Following Public Release

Thursday September 19, 2013 11:19 am PDT by
A pair of prosecutors, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, have been pressing Apple for months over a rash of thefts of mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads. Gascón in particular had been pushing for a 'kill switch' that could permanently disable stolen iOS devices. Today, Gascón and Schneiderman praised Apple's release of the ...
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San Francisco District Attorney Impressed by iOS 7's Activation Lock Feature

Tuesday July 23, 2013 6:31 am PDT by
After news that government officials would be testing the efficiency of iOS 7’s Activation Lock against thieves, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has come out in support of the feature, saying that “clear improvements” have been made to stop criminals, according to the San Francisco Examiner. Last week, Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman brought in security...
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Government Officials Bring in Security Experts to Test iOS 7's Activation Lock Feature

Thursday July 18, 2013 12:43 pm PDT by
After launching an investigation into the anti-theft practices of smartphone manufacturers like Apple, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will today test how Apple’s Activation Lock feature holds up against determined thieves, reports CNET. First introduced at WWDC, Activation Lock is designed to prevent Find My iPhone from being...
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iOS 7's 'Activation Lock' Delivers Cautious Optimism to Officials Concerned Over Mobile Device Thefts

Tuesday June 11, 2013 8:09 am PDT by
One of the new iOS 7 features introduced by Craig Federighi at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote yesterday was Activation Lock, which aims to reduce the appeal of Apple devices to thieves by preventing stolen phones from being activated by new users.There's one feature I want to talk about in a little more detail, which is Activation Lock. So, hundreds of millions of use Find My...