Apple has created an online tool that lets you know if your used iPhone, iPad or iPod was lost or stolen.
If you’re buying an Apple device from a third party or a website, there’s a chance your “new” used Apple device could have been stolen — iPhones in particular are a hot black market item.
To help customers avoid purchasing a stolen Apple device, Apple has created an online tool that lets people check if the device was remotely wiped by its owner.
When people lose an iPhone/iPad/iPod (or have it swiped), there’s a likelihood they’ll try to enable “Activation Lock” in iCloud’s “Find my iPhone” feature — a kind of anti-theft tool Apple makes available to its customers. Apple’s new tool lets people plug in an iPhone’s unique serial number or International Mobile Equipment Identity number to determine whether Activation Lock has been enabled.
If it has, that means you won’t be able to use the device until Activation Lock has been turned off by its owner. It’s best not to buy that iPhone, iPad or iPod as it was probably lost or stolen.