So today I decided to downgrade again to iOS 6. The process was quite simple but what surprised me, is that the feature in iOS 7 "Activation lock" was kept in iOS 6. I was prompted to input my Apple account linked with the device to activate it. These are good news, because it means that the feature is embed in the firmware, not the OS. Meaning it will be harder to get around it. Furthermore as it authenticates with Apple, even if hackers are able to unlock it without the account. Odds are that either Apple will be able to lock it again OTA, and/or the iPhone will be permanently unable to activate apple's services (itunes match, imessages, icloud, gamecenter, etc...) or perhaps even enables the former owner to track the device even if it is restored. All of that, paired with IMEI blocking by the carrier will make it a pain for thieves to sell those phones. The scenarios I'm foreseeing are: A: Thieves unlock the phone and sell it as a stolen one. This will make it easier for authorities to track them. At the same time, the one who buy the device won't be able to use it to it fullest, nor will be able to update to the latest software. People won't buy devices under those conditions, and even if they do, they will ask for a cheaper price, making it less profitable to steal them. Hence decreasing steals. B: Thieves unlock the phone and sell it without letting the user know it was stolen. Depending on Apple's approach, this will either enable the former owner to recover the device in the next software update. Or will lock the phone forever for the unsuspicious new owner. All of them are good news.