Apple has just taken away the ability to check whether an iDevice being sold is jacked

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  1. Rafagon

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    When preparing to buy a used iDevice, you used to be able to check at http://icloud.com/activationlock whether it was stolen by entering its IMEI or serial number.

    Apple has just deprived you of that privilege.

    According to MacRumors, “Apple has not explained why it removed the page. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

    If new information is reported, I’ll be sure to pass it along.
     
  2. Ledsteplin

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    There's been a lot of changes to the Apple online stuff. Even visiting the Apple discussion forums is different now.
     
  3. Rafagon

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    I liked one of the comments from the readers of the article I linked to, above.

    “[T]hey're probably removing features to make the site thinner.” Best comment ever!
     
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    Almost as good as 'Maybe you have to buy an adapter to use the site now...?' and 'Removing it is innovation' haha. I wonder if it is something to do with Apple not wanting you to buy used phones?
     
  5. Rafagon

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    Or—they only want you to buy used iPhones from them

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that’s why they did it.

    But, let’s wait until tomorrow. Maybe they just didn’t want to comment during the weekend.
     
  6. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    Apple is probably fixing a security flaw.

     
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  7. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    Apple may actually have a good reason for removing this, at least on a temporary basis. "Depriving us of a privilege" may be a little strong at this point.
     
  8. ricks2gtouch

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    That is just the way that the media has trained people to think these days.
     
  9. 47seijar

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    Or, it could actually be true.
     
  10. ricks2gtouch

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    So . . . the ultimate goal was to deprive the consumer of some perceived privilege or right to the information? OK.
     
  11. 47seijar

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    They explained that the site could be used to get information on a stolen device and use that info to unblock that device.
     
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  13. Leo

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    Just check if iCloud activation lock is enabled before purchasing the iDevice, simple as that. Can't verify? Don't buy, there's always more out there.
     

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