Looters in the Apple Store CANNOT use or sell stolen devices as they are tracked and remotely disabled
- Demo devices stolen from the displayed tables have blocking software installed
- A message read: “Please return to Apple Walnut Street. This device has been deactivated and is being tracked. Local authorities are alerted. ‘
- The Walnut Street store in Philadelphia is one of the stores across the country that have been looted in the past few days
- Other shops have boarded up their windows and doors during protests in the city
- The software prompts the devices to switch to Find My iPhone mode and return to the original state when plugged in
Looters in the Apple Store cannot use or pawn stolen demo items because they are equipped with software that prevents the devices from being reset to factory settings.
While the Americans are marching for the Black Lives Matter movement, some opportunistic people have searched shops during and after peaceful protests.
But those who took monitors, laptops, phones and watches home from the display tables will not be able to use them well.
Looters cannot use items from Apple Stores. Blocking software is installed on demo devices from the display tables
An image on social media showed the message on an iPhone from the Walnut Street store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ‘This device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities are alerted. ‘
An image on social media showed an iPhone from a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania store showing the message, “Please return to Apple Walnut Street. This device has been deactivated and is being tracked. Local authorities are alerted. ‘
It is unclear whether the device was stolen during the recent looting.
The picture is headed: “Damn, all these phones have to go back,” followed by laughing emojis.
Apple stores across the country were ransacked, including in Portland, Salt Lake City, and Washington DC, but many people who took the opportunity to buy goods from crowds of demonstrators could not get into the high-security warehouse area.
Similar to purchased devices, stolen items are activated in iCloud.
Devices are usually attached to switches in the shop. However, when ripped off, special software ensures that Macs revert to their original state each time they are restarted.
On May 30, people ransacked the Apple Store at Grove Mall in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles
Devices that are unable to set up passcode security and locking.
The devices are reported to have a “software kill” switch when they are out of the reach of a store.
An iPhone switches to “Find my iPhone” mode and rings until the battery is empty, reports 9to5Mac.
The device is reset when it is switched off and then connected.
Many Apple Stores have now boarded up their windows and built temporary fences, including New York’s flagship.
It comes when people across the country protest after George Floyd’s death in police custody last Monday.
The Americans have demanded that all four officials involved in his murder be prosecuted.
So far, only one officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck when he shouted, “I can’t breathe,” has been charged with third-degree murder.
Apple CEO Tim Cook called the murder “senseless” and said in a memo to the staff: “I have heard from so many of you that you are afraid – fear in your communities, fear in your daily life and, most cruelly, everyone , Anxiety.” in your own skin.
“To our colleagues in the Black Community – we’ll see you. You matter, your life matters, and you are valued here at Apple. ‘
On May 30, a man raids an iMac through the broken window of the Apple Store in Grove Mall in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. However, each time the Mac is restarted, the demo Macs return to their original state