Some Apple Stores Now Use Special Dock Connectors To Stop iOS Devices From Being Stolen

Some Apple Stores Now Use Special Dock Connectors To Stop iOS Devices From Being Stolen

This dock connector will prevent iOS devices from being stolen from the Apple Store.

Apple retail stores are now installing special dock connectors to prevent iOS devices from being stolen. They look just like the regular USB cable that ships with every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but they feature a nifty anti-left lock that prevents them from being removed from the device — essentially tethering the unit to the table.

The connector was first spotted by an AppleInsider reader, and it has since been confirmed that they are in use at a number of stores across the United States. They seem to be in short supply at the moment, however, only being used for more expensive products like the new iPad, and those situated close to the store’s entrance.

Once installed, the cable looks no different to a regular USB cable. The only way to tell it apart is the padlock logo emblazoned on its front in place of the standard logo.

It’s unclear how the cables are removed once installed. It’s thought that a special tool is required to eject them from the device without causing any damage, but an Apply employee refused to talk about the intricacies of the new connector. A source did claim, however, that the cables are alarmed — just like the wire cables Apple uses to prevent iOS devices and accessories from being stolen.

This connector is likely to replace those wire cables eventually, which are only attached to devices with a small adhesive patch that can be removed with enough force.

  • James Myo Gak Foster

    because someone looking to swipe an iPad from the store would *never* think to bring along a small pair of scissors…

  • assyrianpride

    ive seen those in the apple store but i thought they were just there to connect the devices to whatever was making them display those video demonstrations over and over but i could never figure out why they had a picture of a lock on them…..

  • assyrianpride

    because someone looking to swipe an iPad from the store would *never* think to bring along a small pair of scissors…

    lol

  • assyrianpride

    but then how exactly would someone steal from an apple store…………

  • assyrianpride

    they have security cameras, way too many staff, plenty of customers around, etc. the only way would be at night, and then the alarms would be sounding in the police station and they will be caught anyway……….so why try to steal from an apple store????

  • tomp

    because someone looking to swipe an iPad from the store would *never* think to bring along a small pair of scissors…

    That’s were the alarm kicks in i guess.

  • FiggiNewton

    How am I supposed to charge my iPhone at the Apple Store now…

  • technochick

    This is like year old news.

  • nthnm

    they have security cameras, way too many staff, plenty of customers around, etc. the only way would be at night, and then the alarms would be sounding in the police station and they will be caught anyway……….so why try to steal from an apple store????

    You’re kidding, right?

    Google Apple Store Theft or Apple Store Robbery and you’ll see videos of criminals smashing, grabbing and running before the police even arrive. Stupid criminals are obvious and get caught, many times you don’t even know something has been stolen until you view it on the security camera and see how smoothly the person did their thing and walked off. Most other customers in the store say nothing when something is being shoplifted.

  • SevanGrim

    because someone looking to swipe an iPad from the store would *never* think to bring along a small pair of scissors…

    it says they are alarmed. I assume that means any disconnect from the device sets them off.

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