Nov 22

No surprise here – a new report from The Korea Herald says that Samsung is — yep, pretty shamelessly — planning to introduce a more “glossy” black version of its Galaxy S7 flagship for launch at some point in the next month. That just hppens to the be the best-selling colour of the Apple iPhone 7. In the UK the base iPhone 7 sells for £599 with the larger 7 Plus selling for £719. The largest capaity units are still on a two weeks availablity.

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But as much as this could be perceived as a direct copy of Apple, it also makes sense in light of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle. That phone was available in a “Coral Blue” that Samsung recently decided to bring to the Galaxy S7 line, presumably in an effort to make up for lost sales. Introducing yet another special color just in time for the holidays makes sense.

Similar to the iPhone 7 line, Samsung’s introduction of a glossier black color for the Galaxy S7 would mean two different black colors available for the phone. An “onyx” black has been available since the Galaxy S7 launched earlier this year. Although this black version that is available now is much more glossy than the iPhone 7’s Matte Black.

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The black model of the Galaxy S7 that’s available now is already pretty glossy since it’s glass on both the front and back. Perhaps Samsung is simply planning to launch the truer black color of the Galaxy Note 7 (which included a black metal frame as well) as part of the Galaxy S7 line — much the same as it did with “Coral Blue”.

While this strategy of adding new color options seems to be reigniting demand for the Galaxy S7, a new poll from Reuters this morning suggests that Samsung, going forward, should be fine regardless. In that poll, 27% of people who were aware of the Note 7 recall said they would first consider Samsung when buying a new device, while 25% of those who didn’t know about the recall said the same.

Samsung even after the Billion dollar IP infringement are still at heart just a copying machine.

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Aug 30

Apple sent out media invites yesterday for an iPhone-centric event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 am at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites offer up a first look at the theme of the event and feature the simple tagline: “See you on the 7th.”

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The September 2016 event is expected to see the debut of the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumoured to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span the back of the devices.

Faster LTE and Wi-Fi speeds are rumoured, as is a jump in storage space with 32GB positioned as the new minimum and a 256GB option rumoured at the high-end (possibly limited to iPhone 7 Plus). Display improvements first introduced in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, including the True Tone feature able to adjust the display to match ambient lighting could be offered, and the larger iPhone 7 Plus is expected to have exclusive features like 3GB RAM and a dual-lens camera for crisper, brighter images.

Apple may use the event to debut a second-generation Apple Watch, said to include better waterproofing, an improved processor, and a built-in GPS chip. Design changes are not expected for the next-generation Apple Watch, but new materials and new bands are always a possibility. Apple rotates its Apple Watch band offerings on a regular basis and we expect to see new designs this fall.

Most of Apple’s Mac lineup is due for an update, but the most highly anticipated machine, the MacBook Pro, will reportedly not be debuting at the event, coming later in the year instead. It’s not known if other Macs will see a refresh announcement at the event, but it’s unlikely, and we’re also not expecting any iPad announcements at this time.

We will, however, get an update on the prospective launch dates of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10. We’re expecting to see iOS 10 and watchOS 3 launch shortly ahead of the release date of the next-generation iPhone (rumoured to be September 16 or September 23), while macOS Sierra could come a bit later, perhaps towards the end of the month. tvOS 10, as a new operating system, could launch alongside iOS 10 or alongside macOS Sierra.

In line with past events, the September 7 event will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, that’s 6PM London. As it has done with several past events, Apple is likely to stream the event live on its website and on the Apple TV.

Mar 14

Apple has sent invites out for the March 21 event, where we expect the iPhone SE, the iPad Air 3 and new Apple Watch bands. ‘Let us loop you in’ to the latest rumours, and everything you need to know about the iPhone SE launch event.

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For those in the UK – Thats 6PM next Monday.

What to expect?

The invitation image, reproduced above, contains the cryptic phrase ‘Let us loop you in’, beneath a heavily zoomed-in view of the Apple logo picked out in what appear to be the four iPhone colours: silver, gold, Space Grey and rose gold; the jury’s out on whether this should lead us to expect new iPhones (such as the iPhone SE, most obviously), new iPads or MacBooks to become available in the iPhone colour palette, or a combination of these things. We’d be surprised if the word ‘loop’ doesn’t refer to new Apple Watch announcements, but this might just be new watch bands.

If rumours are to believed, Apple will unveil two highly anticipated new products: the iPhone 6c and iPad Air 3, along with a few new Apple Watch accessories. Here’s what we know so far.

At the end of January, rumours about a March event flooded the web after months of much quieter speculation, with the consensus suggesting that the week of 14 March was the one to mark in your diaries – more specifically, 15 March 2016. However, only weeks before the reported event was due to take place, Buzzfeed reported that the event had been pushed back by a week, and will now take place on Monday 21 March 2016.

Anonymous sources have reportedly told 9To5Mac that the iPad Air 3 is the most likely new product coming at the March event. Apple surprised us by skipping an October event this year, which traditionally sees updates to the iPad range. Instead, Apple unveiled the all-new iPad Pro and a new iPad mini 4 at its busy event in September alongside the new iPhones.

That means the iPad Air is overdue an update, so a March event to unveil the new model seems likely.

Plus, the 4in iPhone 6c, which rumours now suggest will in fact be called the iPhone SE, could make an appearance too. The fabled 4in iPhone is said to boast an iPhone 5-esque design with curved edges, and may feature Touch ID an A8 processor according to rumours.

Additionally, though, we could see the introduction of new Apple Watch bands to coincide with the original launch event, which took place in March 2015.

Apple has held other events in March over the years, including the launch of the Apple Watch and MacBook in 2015 and the launch of the iPad 3 back in 2012.

Apple will broadcast the event live on Apple.com and Apple TV.

Sep 28

This morning Apple announced that sales of the latest iPhone are massive with 13 million units sold in their first three days of availability.

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That’s a substantial number by anyone measure and substantially more than last years 10 million number in the same launch weekend. The Ss are off to a cracking start. See full Apple announcement below.

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

The company noted that sales completed by Saturday, Sept. 26 will be included in Apple’s 2015 fourth fiscal quarter results. Beginning on Sunday, Sept. 27, completed sales will be included in Apple’s 2016 first fiscal quarter results.

With 13 million units sold in three days, Apple easily trounced last year’s record of 10 million units sold in the launch weekend for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But this year’s roll-out had one key advantage over last year’s: China.

iPhone sales continue to post tremendous growth in China, and Apple capitalised on this by making the country one of the initial launch territories. The device also debuted in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the Staes and of course the UK.

Apple had already signaled last week that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were off to a record breaking start in terms of preorders, on pace to eclipse last year’s record. Sales of 13 million units are likely to please Wall Street, where investors had expressed concern that this year’s “S” upgrade cycle might not appeal to consumers. Though it has an appearance largely identical to last year’s model, the new iPhone 6s series boasts a number of under-the-hood improvements, most notably a new pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display, and accompanying Taptic Engine for haptic feedback and a different feeling vibration motor. Apple has also increased the rear camera to 12 megapixels, added a new Retina flash for selfies taken with the forward facing camera, and greatly improved speed and performance, thanks to a new A9 processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.

The iPhone 6s has the same 4.7-inch display as last year’s iPhone 6, while the larger iPhone 6s Plus remains at 5.5 inches. Both models are available in a new rose gold color option, joining space gray, silver, and gold.

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Apple Announces Record iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus Sales

iPhone Available in 40 Additional Countries Beginning Friday, October 9
CUPERTINO, California — September 28, 2015 — Apple® today announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone® 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, just three days after launch.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 40 additional countries beginning October 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus bring a powerful new dimension to iPhone’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface with 3D Touch, which senses how deeply you press the display, letting you do essential things more quickly and simply. The new iPhones introduce Live Photos, which bring still images to life, transforming instants frozen in time into unforgettable living memories. Live Photos, 3D Touch, 12-megapixel iSight® camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime® HD camera with Retina® Flash and more are powered by the Apple-designed A9 chip, the most advanced chip ever in a smartphone, delivering faster performance and great battery life. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are designed with the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminum, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold.

iOS 9, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, brings more intelligence to iPhone with proactive assistance, powerful search and improved Siri features, all while protecting users’ privacy. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app, detailed transit information in Maps*, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device. The foundation of iOS is even stronger with software updates that require less space to install and advanced security features to further protect your devices.

Customers are encouraged to check the Apple Store® app or Apple.com to receive updates on availability and estimated delivery dates. Every customer who buys an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus at an Apple Retail Store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store℠ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store. Customers can also learn more about iOS 9 and their new device through free workshops at all Apple retail stores worldwide. In the US, the new iPhones are also available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and additional carriers, and select Apple Authorized Resellers including Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 40 additional countries and territories beginning October 9 including Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. On October 10, countries include Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in India, Malaysia and Turkey on Friday, October 16 and in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

Sales completed by Saturday, September 26 will be included in Apple’s 2015 fourth fiscal quarter results, and sales completed on Sunday, September 27 will be included in Apple’s 2016 first fiscal quarter results.

Sep 08

With one day to go before the latest iPhone announcement, expected to be the 6S and 6S Plus we have some interesting date on the current state of the existing market.

There are many rumours that Apple with kill of the small screen size iPhone as well as the brightly coloured 5c options.

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The data shows that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus between them account for a full 40% of all iPhones in use, with the iPhone 5s trailing behind at 23.7%.

The same data also backs reports that the iPhone 5c is being discontinued, showing that it accounts for just 8.5% of active iPhones, putting it below the iPhone 4S.

The domination of the iPhone 6/Plus is no surprise, following a succession of record sales since its launch a year ago, but while 5c sales were expected to be relatively low, they appear to have been worse than expected. Localytics based its data on monitoring apps running on more than 100M iPhones during August.

The poor showing of the 5c casts further doubt onto its rumoured replacement, the 6c. While sources confirm that Apple has been working on a new 4-inch device, we’re not expecting to see it tomorrow. Some rumours suggested Apple was planning a later launch, in November, while KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has said we probably won’t see it until next year.

Given the apparent lack of interest in the 5c, you have to wonder whether launching a 6c makes sense at all – this year or next. Perhaps abandoning the plastic casing in favor of metal, simply using the size and specs to distinguish it, could give it a future? This is what Martin Hajek has shown in his latest concept images below, the iPhone 6c depicted as simply a smaller version of the 6S.

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Sep 02

The Siri focused invites are out and that means it’s new iPhone time.

Our thoughts on what to expect this time next week.

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Intrestingly Apple are hosting this event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. This is a far larger venue than usual. Significant? Who knows?

What we do know is that Apple will show the new and greatest iPhones, expected to be called the 6S and 6 Plus S. We can also expect to learn more on release details of iOS 9 for mobile anb the latets OS X EL Capaitan. These were shown at WWDC in June so we know the overview of these upgrades. Expect an update on Siri and most likely an updated Apple TV.

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  • iOS 9 expected to support Force Touch, just in time for iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s base model to have 16GB of storage
  • 12MP camera, 4K video recording, possible OLED display
  • Same as iPhone 6 on the outside, faster LTE chip inside

What else have we learnt from the rumor mill?

From the various blogs and rumor mills, it’s clear we can expect three new things. The first is a vastly similar if not identical design as its predecessor, but with a few minor modifications. The shell is said to be slightly thicker, making it more rigid, helping to avoid a repeat of the so-called “Bend-gate” issue from last year. The thicker shell may also house an improved, longer-lasting battery. But what’s more likely is that Apple will bring its Force Touch technology from the new MacBook to the new iPhone. That would bring pressure sensitivity to the device, opening up a whole range of possibilities for developers.

We’re also expecting an improved 12-megapixel camera — a significant bump on the current models — allowing for super high-resolution 4K video recording. It’s also likely that we will see a beefed-up A9 processor alongside more memory, making the smartphone faster and more responsive.

While it’s reported that Apple will drop the cheaper “C” phone model, the iPhone will still come in two sizes: the regular 4.7-inch iPhone 6S, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus.

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iPhone line upAlong with the new iPhone, the company’s mobile operating system iOS 9 is also expected to land at the event. The software, first announced at Apple’s developer conference in June, comes with a familiar look and feel, but with a wealth of new features.

We’ll see an “intelligence” update to Siri, which will expand its search results and answers, add support for more in-built apps, and offer third-party support.

And there’s more. Mac users will see a desktop refresh with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the operating system that lands with the company’s line-up of desktop and notebooks.

The focus of the updated software is to squeeze out more of what you already have, like better performance, and faster speeds — in some cases as much as four-fold. That’s done by bringing Metal, the core graphics technology used in newer iPhones and iPads, to the Mac, offering a welcome boost to app rendering performance. And, there are other updates, such as Split View (which to many Windows 7 and later users will be reminiscent of Snap), and smarter Spotlight search, among other features.

And, for the wearable crowd, expect the anticipated update to Apple Watch to land at the event, which comes with new watch faces and greater customization.

Apple TV Refresh or Game Console?

Numerous reports have pointed to a long-awaited refresh of the platform. Almost everything there was to leak has leaked — at least, so we think.

With the new hardware and software, Apple is said to want to “actively complete” with gaming consoles, putting the pintsized box in the big-wig league of consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation. The box is also slated to include Siri, pushing the device to the same realm as competitors like Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire Stick.

The software and hardware improvements may open the platform up to App Store additions in the coming months. We may also see the launch of a cable-cutter friendly Apple-branded television streaming service down the line, potentially rivaling services like HBO and Netflix.

How much will it cost? Some are saying as much as $199, more than double the price of the device now.

Will there be a “Just One More Thing” moment?

Apple has, at least in the past couple of years, pushed out a small yet generous “one more thing” to take away from the presentation.

Some have read into the size of the auditorium booked by Apple: is it a hint that we may see something significantly larger, like a car? Project Titan lives, but it may be a while until we see it.

All will be revealed this time next week. The pitch will be live on Apple you can see and hear it live.

Jul 15

This morning the Apple Pay screen is now live on the iPhone.

This lets you add a bank card to Passbook. Until today that option was not available.

It’s dead easy to add a card. Just follow the set up instructions, hold the camera to the the credit card and the iPhone sucks in the cards details.

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You will then be asked to verify the card. By this time the card’s issuers will have sent you a text or email with a code. Simply enter the code into the iPhone and the card is ready for use.

You can see the cards in the Paybook app and you can set a defiantly card to use.

 

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To add your Watch you have to add the card to the Watch in the same process as initially adding it to the iphone. Plus you need to add a code to the Watch to increase security.

Then to make a purchase you just hold your Watch up to the Card Terminal in a retailer that accepts Pay by Touch, that most UK retailers and the job is done. On the Watch just double click the long button to show the card you are using.

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Fist transaction carried out in a Marks & Spencer in Guildford. Cashier was excited as it was their first Watch experience.

Very neat and rewarding experience.

 

Feb 14

The temptation of an Apple iPhone for a thief is dropping, thanks to Apple’s decision to implement a remote kill switch via Find My Phone that can erase and disable a phone once it’s missing. A recent report from Reuters found that iPhone theft fell by 50 percent in London, 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York. The drops represent theft activity as measured during the 12 months following Apple’s introduction of the remote locking feature in iOS7, released September 2013. With the most recent release, iOS 8, Apple made its so-called said “kill switch” active by default, in accordance with California regulation. 

find_my_iphoneApple’s Activation Lock requires a user to authorise a wipe or fresh install using the existing iCloud details and of course password, ensuring that a thief can’t go ahead and just wipe the phone easily to use it themselves or prepare it for an eBay sale. Apple is the first major manufacturers to switch to implementing the system by default, rather than through user opt-in, which means it is present on a larger percentage of Apple phones. All iPhone 6 and 6plus iPhone have it on be default given that they shipped with iOS 8 pre-installed.

Stats from last year indicated that Apple’s implementation of the Activation Lock were having a significant effect, but Apple’s combined iOS 8 adoption rate (currently at over 70 percent) and the fact that it’s now on by default means that the risk associated with stealing a modern iOS device is even greater. The aim is to make smartphone theft ultimately as futile as stealing a credit card, whereby a user ‘cancelling’ their hardware renders it close to worthless.

Smartphone theft is often theft of opportunity, meaning a thief weighs reward vs. risk, including factors like how difficult it is to recoup an investment on something they’ve taken. Activation Lock doesn’t automatically render iPhones using it worthless to thieves, but it skews the value proposition considerably, and reduces reward (an iPhone sold for parts is worth far less than a fully functional unity, for instance).

Apple seems committed to coming up with new ways to protect user devices and data when it comes to theft, given its early pioneering of phone tracking tech via Find My iPhone. Patents awarded to Apple have also described systems whereby the phone requires positive ID of the user to even display an unlock prompt, and technology which can monitor and report on unidentified users in the background.

Jan 28

Yes, once again Apple far exceed revenue and unit shipments for the quarter with $18 Billion profit

Apple completely crushed not only its own all-time records, but also even the loftiest expectations on Wall Street on Tuesday, selling a staggering 74.5 million iPhones on its way to record revenue of $74.6 billion and $18 billion in net profit in a single, massively successful quarter.

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Apple posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion, earning $3.06 per diluted share, for its first fiscal quarter of 2015. Apple’s net profits of $18.9 billion sets a new record for quarterly profits, blowing away previous record holder Exxon’s $15.9 billion performance.

The company was led by a blockbuster quarter for the iPhone, in which it sold nearly 75 million units — a year over year increase of 46 percent. As Tim Cook mentioned on the earning call 74.5million iPhones in 3 months represents over 34,000 phones sold per hour every hour of the quarter.

Mac sales were also at an all-time high at 5.52 million units, edging the company’s previous-best in the preceding September quarter. The company’s Mac hardware saw its numbers increase 14 percent year over year.

Record sales of both the iPhone and Mac helped push Apple to the strongest quarter in history.

iPad sales continued their decline, however, falling to 21.4 million units in the December frame. That was down 18 percent from the same period a year prior.

“We’d like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high,” said Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook. “Our revenue grew 30 percent over last year to $74.6 billion, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was simply phenomenal.”

Gross margin was also up to 39.9 percent this year, compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. Apple also said that international sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple also announced that its App Store set a record performance in the holiday quarter. The company’s “Services” revenue category, which includes the App Store, iTunes Store and other digital storefronts, reached $4.8 billion.

“Our exceptional results produced EPS growth of 48 percent over last year, and $33.7 billion in operating cash flow during the quarter, an all-time record,” said Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri. “We spent over $8 billion on our capital return program, bringing total returns to investors to almost $103 billion, over $57 billion of which occurred in just the last 12 months.”

Apple updated the expected release date of the Apple Watch to ship in April and made bullish comments on the growing use of Apple Pay in US retail stores. The company also announced that it has shipped over 1 billion iOS devices in total.

Also on Tuesday, Apple provided investors with the following guidance for its fiscal 2015 second quarter:

  • revenue between $52 billion and $55 billion
  • gross margin between 38.5 percent and 39.5 percent
  • operating expenses between $5.4 billion and $5.5 billion
  • other income/(expense) of $350 million
  • tax rate of 26.3 percent

As expected, the Apple Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of 47 cents per share of its common stock. The dividend will be payable on Feb. 12, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Feb. 9, 2015.

And Apple updated iOS to 8.1.3

Early on Wednesday AAPL stock is at $117.29 up 7.4%

Listen to the earnings call and read the release on the Apple IR website 

Oct 09

Looking to purchase a used iPhone or iPad but concerned it might be nicked?

Now you can check an iPhone or iPads activation Lock Status using iCloud.

 

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The secondhand market for iPhones and iPads is hot, and unfortunately so are some the devices being sold on it. Just search ebay for iPhone and you will see over 2,500 iPhoine 5S currently available in the UK alone.

To try and protect people from buying devices that turn out to have been lost, stolen, or otherwise misappropriated, Apple has created a new Activation Lock Status checker on iCloud.com

Before you purchase an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from somebody else, make sure Find My iPhone Activation Lock is turned off and the device is ready for you to use.

Activation Lock is a feature designed to make iPhones and iPads less appealing to thieves. It debuted in iOS 7 and prevents anyone from restoring or otherwise taking over an iPhone or iPad without first entering the Apple ID password of the owner. The theory is, if the device can’t be used, it becomes little more than a glass and metal paper weight, it’s value drops, and so people are less likely to steal them.

Of course, it can’t stop thieves who have unwittingly stolen Activation Lock protected iPhones and iPads from trying to pawn them off anyway. That’s where the Activation Lock Status checker comes in. Take the EMEI or serial number, enter it in, and iCloud.com will tell you its status.

You have been advised.

 

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