Please Return iPhone, You Are Being Tracked: Apple Warns US Protest Looters

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Source: FT

In-between peaceful protests in the US over the death of George Floyd, several became violent, which resulted in a clash between the protesters and the police.

Taking advantage of the turmoil, many people started looting nearby retail stores. The Apple store became one of their targets. According to Forbes, Apple stores were attacked and robbed in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Philadelphia.

But little did the looters know, Apple has a way to deal with thieves. It is well-known that the Cupertino tech giant has software to disable iPhones that are forcefully taken; however, not many people knew how it actually worked until now.

A video posted on Twitter showcases the extent of this software. In the post, we see a looted iPhone coming up with a message, “This device has been disabled and is being tracked,” when the user tries to power up the device.

The message further reads: “Local authorities have been alerted.” This warning alone is enough to send chills down the spine. Looters, for fear of being caught, will likely throw away the device or try to sell it quickly on the black market.

While the chances of returning the devices are minimal, Apple is making sure that the stolen iPhones cannot be used by the looters either.

The functionality of locking the iPhone is available to normal users as well. If a person loses an Apple product, the company recommends the person to immediately “Mark It As Lost“, which will lock the device, literally turning it into a piece of junk.

For looters, it appears Apple won’t let them roam around for free until they return or get rid of the stolen iPhones.

Charanjeet Singh

Charanjeet Singh

Charanjeet owns an iPhone but his love for Android customization lives on. If you ever ask him to choose between an iPhone, Pixel or Xiaomi; better if you don't.
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