Towards the end of 2013, Apple activation lock was introduced for the apple devices. The aim behind the introduction of this feature was to cut down the rate of theft of Apple products. Soon after the launch of this feature, a statement was made by Eric T. Schneiderman,attorney general of New York at the time,and George Gascon, San Francisco’s district attorney, which outlined that the introduction of the activation lock feature lead to a significant decrease in iPhone theft. According to Police, it dropped the rate of robberies in London, San Francisco and New York. The thefts in London saw a 24% decrease whereas the decrease percentage for San Francisco and New York was 38% and 19% respectively.
As far as apple activation lock is concerned, it requires users to provide their Apple ID login details before being able to turn of the “Find my iPhone” feature. The same is the case with signing out from iCloud or erasing and reactivating the device. The feature really serves as a deterrent for thieves as they know the device will be useless for them unless they have proper Apple login credentials. From 2015 onwards, it is necessary for all the smartphones to have a similar feature. All the smartphone manufacturers including Samsung, Apple, HTC, Google, Microsoft, etc. now have standard anti-theft tools as a built-in feature.