Apple has disabled and tracked stolen iPhones, after seeing rioters looting several Apple stores in the United States.
Rioters looted Apple stores in Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Philadelphia. The company has had to close several of its stores in the United States, in addition to having placed security fences around others.
Tim Cook ordered the closing of stores to take care of the safety of employees and customers. He also requested employees remove all display devices. However, by this time, phones, computers, tablets, and accessories had already been taken in the aforementioned stores. What did the company do about it?
The company disabled all stolen iPhones from the many stores it has in the United States. Then Apple tracks the devices and warns the thieves. The screens emit a message in which they ask the user to return the device to the stolen store, in passing, and thus the authorities have been notified.
“Please return to Apple Walnut Street,”. This device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities will be alerted.”iPhone Message
Although looters think first of throwing the iPhone, Mac, or iPad in the trash rather than surrender to the police, Apple hopes they have a little virtue and bring the devices back.
Forbes says they had the technology but they had never put it into action. They created the Software tool specifically for these occasions when Apple stores are targeted by looters.
Apple disables stolen iPhones and delays stores aperture too.
Unfortunately for Apple, this is not the only damage they are going to repair. The protests have left most of its stores completely ruined, with broken glass, a collapsed building, and various justice issues painted on the wall.
And that this happens just when many stores are going to reopen after COVID-19Lockdown generates a lot of uncertainty around the companies. As the country deteriorated into mass-chaos and looting over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook offered some words of consolation to Apple employees.
“I have heard from so many of you that you feel afraid — afraid in your communities, afraid in your daily lives, and, most cruelly of all, afraid in your own skin,” Cook wrote. “We can have no society worth celebrating unless we can guarantee freedom from fear for every person who gives this country their love, labor and life.”Tim Cook
It’s sad that these lawless rioters have marred protests about an important issue. Hopefully, things will change positively.