Apple Store looters cannot use or sell stolen devices because they are tracked and turned off remotely
- Demo devices stolen from the tables shown have blocking software installed
- One message read, “Go back to Apple Walnut Street. This device is turned off and is being maintained. Local authorities are being warned ‘
- The Walnut Street store in Philadelphia is one of the stores looted across the country in recent days
- Other stores have closed their windows and doors during city protests
- Software prompts devices to switch to Find My iPhone mode and return to their original state after plugin
Apple Store looters cannot use or pawn stolen demo items because they come with software that prevents the devices from being restored to their factory settings.
As Americans march for the Black Lives Matter movement, some opportunistic people have invaded stores during and after peaceful protests.
But those who have taken monitors, laptops, phones and watches off the display tables won’t do much good with it.
Looters cannot use items from Apple Stores. Display table demo devices have blocking software installed
A social media image showed an iPhone from the Walnut Street branch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania displaying the message, “This device has been turned off and is being tracked. Local authorities are being warned ‘
A social media image showed an iPhone from the Walnut Street branch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania showing the message, “Go back to Apple Walnut Street. This device is turned off and is being maintained. Local authorities are warned. ‘
It is unclear whether the device was stolen during the recent looting.
The image is captioned: “Damn, all those phones have to go back,” followed by smiling emojis.
Apple stores across the country have been looted, including those in Portland, Salt Lake City, and Washington DC, but many who took advantage of the opportunity to grab goods amidst a crowd of protesters were unable to get into the tightly secured inventory area.
Just like with purchased devices, stolen items are locked on iCloud.
Devices are usually attached to switches in the store. However, if they get scammed, special software will make Macs return to their original state with every restart.
People raid the Apple store at the Grove shopping mall in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles on May 30
Devices do not have the ability to set password protection and lock.
The devices are said to have a ‘software kill’ switch when they get out of reach of a store.
An iPhone goes into Find My iPhone mode and keeps ringing until the battery runs out, 9to5Mac reports.
The device will reset when turned off and then plugged in.
Many Apple Stores have now closed their windows and set up temporary fences, including the flagship of New York.
It comes when people across the country protest after George Floyd’s death last Monday.
Americans have demanded that all four officers involved in his murder be prosecuted.
So far, only one officer, Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck while crying, “I can’t breathe” has been charged with third-degree murder.
Apple CEO Tim Cook called the murder “meaningless” and told staff in a memo, “I’ve heard from so many of you that you’re scared – scared in your communities, scared in your daily life, and, very cruelly, scared in your own skin.
“To our colleagues in the Black community – we see you. You matter, your life is important and you are appreciated here at Apple. ‘
On May 30, a man plundered an iMac through the broken shop window of the Apple Store at the Grove shopping mall in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. However, Demo-Macs return to their original state every time they restart