At the moment, it’s fairly easy for thieves and fences to turn a stolen iPhone into a device that can fetch hundreds of dollars in market stalls from the East Bay to Lagos. But by upgrading to Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iPhone owners can make it much harder for stolen phones to be erased and reactivated.
Once robbers realize that iPhones with Activation Lock are useless outside the hands of their rightful owners, the risks of robbery will outweigh the diminishing potential for ill-gotten rewards.
Still, as the Express notes, Apple’s software fix may only spark the black market’s ingenuity. It’s possible hackers could find a way to defeat Activation Lock. What’s really needed is a hardware solution, but Apple and its Android competitors have been reluctant to craft thief-foiling hardware, according to the Express.
Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone in iOS 7, or when you upgrade to iOS 7 from a previous version of iOS that has Find My iPhone already turned on.
To turn on Find My iPhone on your device:
Go to Settings.
Sign in with your Apple ID, if necessary.
Turn on Find My iPhone.