Since iPhones hold their resale value fairly well, it’s no surprise that iPhones are a popular theft item. Now Apple has built in certain security measures to allow iPhone owners to remotely disable a lost or stolen iPhone, but it looks like Apple is going a step further to deter thieves.
According to a report by MacRumors, they got their hands on an internal memo sent to Apple Store employees, essentially instructing them not to offer repair services for iPhones that have been marked lost or stolen in the GSMA device registry.
For those unfamiliar, the GSMA Device Registry is basically a kind of international database where smartphone owners can report and register cases where their phones may have been lost or stolen. Because these reports rely on a device’s IMEI, which is unique to each handset, companies like Apple can look for these types of reports when a phone is brought in for repairs.
Apple had previously denied lost or stolen iPhones, but only if the Find My feature was enabled. By expanding their coverage to GSMA device registration, they can also include devices that may not have the Find My feature enabled.
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