It’s called “Apple picking,” a growing wave of crime in which thieves target mobile devices, particularly iPhones and iPads.
Now the company that gave the crime its name is taking a step to stop it, with a “kill switch”-style update aimed at making the mobile gadgets less valuable to thieves.
Activation Lock will be part of iOS 7, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system expected to roll out in the fall. The feature will require an Apple ID and password before the phone’s “Find My iPhone” feature can be turned off or any data can be erased.
Does Apple really think this will work for long people will figure out how to get around it before iOS 7 is installed. Would be nice it something like this stopped the phones from being stolen.