Apple Removes Tool to Check if an iPhone is Locked
Apple Removes Tool to Check if an iPhone is Locked:
So without warning Apple have removed this handy tool to check whether or not the iPhone / iPad you’re about to buy is still linked to it’s previous owners iCloud account.
They haven’t officially given a reason but rumor has it that this tool was being used by phone thieves to ‘test’ newly generated imei numbers to see whether they were usable or not, before soldering the counterfeit flash chips onto the mainboard and selling them illegally.
Unfortunately, this means that purchasing a second hand iPhone just got a whole lot riskier for consumers as there is no longer any sure fire way to confirm the lock status of an iDevice without physically completing the activation process in person to verify that there is infact no iCloud account required!
So, as a result, I’m sure we will be seeing alot more people in store asking if there is anyway to remove an iCloud lock from an iPhone they bought off Ebay or Gumtree in the near future… and just for the record – NO, there isn’t 🙁
For anyone who is thinking of buying a second hand iPhone or a refurbished one (which we sell!), then we urge you to be careful and if you aren’t sure, please, please come and see us first so that we can give you the best advise, allowing you to make a safe purchase.
If you are still unsure, then you can always buy a refurbished iPhone from us! They come with warranty and you have a shop front to return to if anything does go wrong so, why risk buying online for the sake of saving a few bucks!? (that saving could end up costing you a whole lot more if the phone turns out to be locked!!)
Click here to read the full article… http://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/29/apple-removes-activation-lock-status-checker/