When Apple launched iOS 7, it deployed a new feature called â€œActivation Lockâ€ that helped to prevent the resale of stolen iPhones. An iPhone owner had to manually remove it if he or she wanted to sell the device, requiring the correct iTunes username and password to do so. Now itâ€™s missing.
MacRumorsÂ recently spotted that Appleâ€™s iCloud page for Activation Lock is down, as is the entire service. Itâ€™s unclear why itâ€™s gone or if Apple plans to keep this as a permanent change. My guess is that Appleâ€™s working behind the scenes on a fix for an issue thatâ€™s been floating around for a bit now.
When I reset my iPhone 6s Plus to buy an iPhone 7 Plus last year, for example, Activation Lock gave me someone elseâ€™s account information to verify. Without knowing the password for an email address Iâ€™d never seen, I looked like I was trying to trade-in an iPhone that belonged to someone else. Only after speaking with a manager and showing my original iPhone 6s Plus receipt was I able to have that screen bypassed.
Of course, I had not stolen the iPhone, but it appeared that way because Appleâ€™s systems malfunctioned. I wonder if perhaps Apple has taken them down to fix this bug, or to launch a new and improved product. Weâ€™ll let you know if the company clarifies whatâ€™s going on.