As the makers of some of the most attractive (and high-end) smartphones around, Apple devices are ripe for theft. With that in mind, the good folks at Cupertino have just added a new iCloud tool which lets users work out whether the used iPhone they’re about to lay down their hard-earned money for has been locked by its real owner.
All you need to do it is to visit this link and enter the device’s IMEI or serial number, at which point you’ll be informed of the device’s Activation Lock feature — thereby saving you from buying a device that’s already been locked.
Should the lock be on, a message will note that the device’s Apple ID and password is needed to use it. If it’s off, you’re safe to buy the phone in question.
In June this year, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman praised Apple for introducing its Activation Lock feature with iOS 7, describing it as the “world’s first attempt to implement a technological solution to the global smartphone theft epidemic.”