NY Attorney General to iPhone Owners: Download iOS 7
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging iPhone owners to download the latest version of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) mobile operating system in order to take advantage of a theft deterrent feature known as Activation Lock. Schneiderman noted that the Activation Lock feature “is an important first step towards ending the global epidemic of smartphone theft.”
According to Apple, this feature prevents thieves from disabling the Find My iPhone application even if the phone data is erased. It also requires the owner’s Apple ID and passcode in order to reactivate the phone.
“We are particularly pleased that — because Activation Lock is a feature associated with Apple’s new operating system as opposed to a new device — it will be available to consumers with older phone models who download the free upgrade,” said Schneiderman in a statement jointly released with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.