Apple Suddenly Removes Activation Lock Status Tool For Reasons Unknown

Apple's security page clearly states that the iOS 10.2.1 update dealt with kernel improvements and bugs which caused the Auto Unlock feature to unlock Apple Watch devices when they are not on anybody's wrist. With it we could check the state of the activation lock of an iPhone, flawless for example when we want to buy a second hand iPhone and we want to ensure that we can access it (and it is not a stolen terminal).

The webpage titled "Check Activation Lock Status" made it possible for users to check if their device was still linked to an Apple account.

In other words, users buying iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices could request for the device's serial number and use the Activation Lock Status checker to verify if the lock had been turned off.

An alternative way to find out if an iOS device is Activation Locked without having the product in your possession is not given.

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When I reset my iPhone 6s Plus to buy an iPhone 7 Plus previous year, for example, Activation Lock gave me someone else's account information to verify. A link to the iCloud page was removed last Tuesday (Jan. 24) from an Apple technical-support document entitled "Find My iPhone Activation Lock", 9to5Mac reports.

The tool helped curb black market iPhone sales from people posting stolen devices on sites like eBay at a low price, only for the buyer to find that it was effectively unusable. The move is a huge setback to consumers buying a used iPhone or iPad. There are some paid services for this, but they require that you know the full email address of the person to whom the devices is locked. As a remedy, the iPhone maker disabled Activation Lock for the affected users when they provided a proof of purchase.

With the tool no longer available, it's highly recommended that everyone should exercise caution while buying a used Apple iOS device online.

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