If you haven’t updated to iOS 7 yet – and that appears to be a very small percentage of you – on your Apple devices, the NYPD would greatly appreciate if you would do so as soon as possible.
One of the new features in iOS 7 is called Activation Lock and it makes it much more difficult to turn off Find My iPhone, erase the phone’s data or reactivate the device. All three of those activities will now require the current owner of the device to log in with their Apple ID before it can happen.
It seems the New York Police Department is very excited about this feature, to the point that over the weekend it handed out informational fliers around New York City to educate the public.
NYPD has a message for you iPhone and iPad folks pic.twitter.com/cxzHLpgh60
— Jim Rosenberg (@jimrosenberg) September 21, 2013
The NYPD spends a tremendous amount of time chasing down stolen iPhones and iPads, and anything that could potentially ease that process is sure to get their attention. Of course there is one small problem, and that is that a bug in the lockscreen currently gives anyone access to the settings tab where they can put the phone into Airplane Mode which will disable all wireless connections making Find My iPhone useless, but Apple is expected to issue a fix in the very near future. Even with the phone in Airplane Mode, the Activation Lock will still work on the other features to keep thieves out of your personal data or reactivating the phone.
If you haven’t updated to iOS 7 yet, it looks like there are a lot of reasons to do so, and the NYPD sure would be grateful.