Apple Can Block Your Phones Whenever They Want!?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Omacc, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Omacc macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2012
  2. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    I would not trust a Hip Hop website for my security concerns.

    While Apple has the capability to disable any iPhone (and always has done), they don't utilise that functionality and have no reason to.
  3. Orange Furball macrumors 65816

    Orange Furball

    May 18, 2012
    Scranton, PA, USA
    This is good. You're phone is stolen, you IMEI block it, the Apple disables it. Thief gets a lightweight brick!
  4. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    If this were to be done it would be in instances of theft...not to impose some draconian rule over its customers.

    People are so paranoid!
  5. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    Ios, android, and likely win 8 and bb all have remote kill switches built in incase some malware propagates through millions of phones and cause widespread destruction. Amazon is the only company that has used it to delete copies of an ebook from kindles anger people purchased it, but apple is the only company that gets press about the so called evil measures.
  6. duneriderltr450 macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2012
    Brb, gonna go cover up my phone with tin foil and build an underground bunker to live in.
  7. Orange Furball macrumors 65816

    Orange Furball

    May 18, 2012
    Scranton, PA, USA
    Just don't cover the antennas!
  8. TheWheelMan macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    Psst! Did you know that your ISP can actually see every email you send should they wish too? Oh, and the phone company could listen in to every phone call, and the cable company can monitor everything you watch.

    Some people either need to get a grip, a clue, or both. :rolleyes:
  9. gladoscc macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2011
    That's why I message through encrypted IRC hosted on my home server and I use pgp for emails.
  10. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    be thankful ATT is not using to help their throttle mission
  11. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Google can block your Android phone and remove any apps on it using their remote kill switch as well. In fact, they won't use it. I think that's a counter measure on crazy smartphone thefts.


    If you're a normal guy having a normal life your IRC messages and e-mails won't have any value to law enforcement / national security / NASA / White House / the Pentagon :D

    If you're not such a normal guy and your information is so valuable to the government agencies I think your encryption may probably be compromised already.
  12. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    I saw a documentary on TV the other day and apparently the FBI has the resources to turn on your phone (any model) remotely to record conversations in the room if they want to.
  13. armoredsaint macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2010
    or ceiling cat
  14. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
  15. ANMA dojo macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    except Apple doesn't do this. if you report it to your carrier, they will blacklist it from their network, but that doesn't stop the thief from DFU restoring it in iTunes. considering how every restore requires communication with Apple to verify that you're using an approved firmware, you'd think that Apple would be willing to blacklist stolen phone IMEI's from being reformatted.
  16. famous600 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2010
    Lol you were reading about stolen iPhones on a hip hop site......... What a shocker haha
  17. TheWheelMan macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    Too easy for people to file false reports just to screw with someone. An ex girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife might have enough info to cause a lot of problems if they got angry enough. I wouldn't want my company getting in the middle of that potential drama either.
  18. ANMA dojo macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    not any more easier than false reports to carriers?
  19. Vetvito macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    Cool but what about the recipient? Now what about the info being recorded on your home server? What about that hard drive that saves everything and doesn't delete?
  20. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika

    They actually did use the "kill switch" a couple years back to remove one particular app they determined to be malware. It made a big stink, though, so I don't think they're likely to use it again anytime soon.
  21. children macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008

    IMEI block really never good enough, people would just sell it overseas..
    if apple blocks it globally, that would stop a lot of stolen phones on eBay..
  22. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    1. Why in the hell are you getting your news from worldstarhiphop?

    2. It's a patent application. That doesn't even mean they've engineered this out yet, let alone plan to implement it. Apple patents everything it thinks of, ASAP.
  23. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    And why would Apple wants to disable your phone? because u badmouth Tim Cook? :rolleyes:

    What i would like to see is a cell feature (should not be too hard, it's politics) for an establishment: Theater, Hospital blah-blah, able to tell your phone to go into vibrate only. First for the uneducated people, and 2nd for those folks who really forget.


    Because NPR is too boring. :D
  24. Mercenary macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2012
    None of this concerns me as my tin foil hat protects me from the government spy's and those of you who try to read my mind. Can't read my mind? That's because of my foil hat.

    Also shamus, my leprechaun friend told me to not worry.

    Really though, what are you doing that would be of interest to the government so that they want to listen? Chances are if your sending encrypted messages or using pgp, THEN they are interested and wondering why your being so secretive.

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