Apple to include “kill switch” feature in iOS 7, require Apple ID and password to reenable stolen devices
Date: Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, 07:44
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, security, Software
This shouldn’t be overlooked.
According to CNN, Apple will add an Activation Lock features as part of iOS 7. The feature, which functions as a “kill switch”, will require an Apple ID and password before an iOS device’s “Find My iPhone” feature can be turned off or any data can be erased.
At a keynote address opening its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the company said the same ID and password will be needed to reactivate a device after it’s been remotely erased. The same ID and password will still be required even after the SIM card has been removed from the stolen device.
As mobile devices become more popular, stealing them has become a unique sort of crime that has law enforcement and government officials taking notice.
In New York, a special police unit has been created to deal with stolen mobile devices.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.