updated 07:07 am EDT, Mon September 23, 2013
Activation Lock in iOS 7 prompts police flyer promotion
The New York Police Department is taking the unusual step of asking people to upgrade their devices to iOS 7. NYPD officers have been spotted handing out fliers to people on the streets, telling users to download iOS 7 onto their iPhones and iPads, due to the introduction of Apple's new "Activation Lock" security feature.
Officers located near an Apple Store and a Manhattan subway station were handing out the leaflets, which were initially spotted by Jim Rosenberg and picked up by All Things D. Last week, the New York Attorney General and the San Francisco District Attorney praised the addition of Activation Lock, calling it an "important first step towards ending the global epidemic of smartphone theft," as part of the "Secure Our Smartphones" joint effort.
Activation Lock prevents potential thieves from being able to erase the device, reactivate, nor to turn off Find My iPhone without the Apple ID and password. This in theory makes it easier for law enforcement to find stolen iPhones, as well as to deter thieves from stealing them by making them effectively unusable to unrecognized users.