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Looters find that iPhones stolen from Apple Stores are bricked

BGR — Yoni Heisler
  • Looters over the past few days have hit a number of Apple retail stores.
  • iPhones and iPads stolen from Apple Stores have a kill-switch and are essentially bricked once leaving Apple’s Wi-Fi network.

The senseless killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked a wave of nationwide protests against racial inequality and police violence. In the wake of these protests, some cities have experienced a rash of looting and vandalism. Incidentally, there’s been a decent amount of evidence which suggests that much of the looting has been spurred on by opportunists looking to score free stuff and stir up trouble as opposed to peaceful protestors.

Amidst all the turmoil, some Apple retail stores over the past few days have been targeted and hit by looters. Some of the impacted locations include retail stores in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. What’s worth noting, however, is that looters who manage to abscond with items like stolen iPhones and iPads quickly find out that their haul is worth next to nothing.

To this point, Apple over the years has implemented a number of security measures to deter would-be thieves from breaking into stores and stealing merchandise.

Forbes reports:

We’ve previously reported that the iPhone and iPad demo units which line Apple retail stores are equipped with a “kill switch” that effectively brick the devices once they fall outside the range of Apple’s Wi-Fi network. Indeed, it’s why thieves who sometimes make out with hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen Apple merchandise quickly find out that it’s worth nothing and can’t be resold.

If you missed it earlier, Tim Cook addressed the ongoing protests for racial justice via an internal memo sent to Apple employees over the weekend.

The letter reads in part:

Cook’s full remarks can be viewed over here.

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