Carrier CL... iPad Air Disabled.. Same as Activation Lock?

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  1. eddiexhart macrumors regular

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    I'm curious to buy an iPad Air on CL but the guy told me that it's locked. I had him send me a picture and it says iPad Air Disabled, connect to iTunes.
    Is this the same as the activation lock? Or can I actually wipe the iPad?
     

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  2. hungx macrumors 6502

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    That doesn't seem like the activation lock. It looks as if the guy incorrectly tried to enter the passcode too many times and disabled it. If you can, bring a laptop with you and see if you can try to restore it.
     
  3. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    Sounds correct to me. However, I would avoid the sale all together. If it actually belonged to the seller, they would know the passcode.

    If they can't even get passed the lock screen, I doubt they were able to disable the activation lock. There is a good chance you will end up with an unusable iPad.
     
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    I'd try to restore it with him there. That should be able to be handled by a DFU restore if nothing else, but that doesn't help you if it is also suffering from an activation lock. You wouldn't find out about that until you tried to activate it after the restore.

    Also, might want to ask why he can't unlock it. Is it possiblly a stolen iPad?
     
  5. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    You will be prompted to disabling my iPad before you can restore if it is set won't you?
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    I think you are right as if it was an activation lock, it would not be telling you to connect to iTunes.

    I would not buy it without getting it to work first! The seller should have done this before he tried to sell it,that is if it can be done.
     
  7. hungx macrumors 6502

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    Even though it is not an activation lock, Find My iPad may still be enabled and the OP would not be able to erase/restore the iPad. I definitely agree that this is very suspicious.
     
  8. mcdspncr macrumors regular

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    Stolen??? Is the iPad listed for a lot cheaper than the rest?
     
  9. Saint.Icon macrumors regular

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    This. Buying a stolen iPad is going to do nothing but give you grief. Plain and simple.
     
  10. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    Ask the seller to restore it for you so you don't have to deal with activation lock if it's on.
     
  11. eddiexhart thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well from my understand he had it listed up with a bunch of other electronics. Apparently he's moving, I originally wanted the ps3 he was selling but saw he had an iPad. He said it was a 4th gen iPad and have me the model number and it came up as an iPad Air. He sent me picture of the serial number and that picture I attached. Is it too much of a good deal?
     
  12. hungx macrumors 6502

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    How much is he asking for it? Have you asked him why it's disabled?
     
  13. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Tell him to DFU restore it first. That eliminates the disabled thing if that's the only issue. If he can't or won't do that, then stay away because it's likely iCloud locked as well then.
     
  14. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    If he didn't even know which model it was it probably isn't his.
     
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    ^^^this^^^

    You have not told us the price but no matter how good of a deal you think it is, if he or you can not get it up and running, it is worth no more than its parts.

    Walk if it can't talk!
     
  16. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't even waste the time meeting him.
     
  17. rrm74001 macrumors regular

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    Spend a little extra and get a refurbished model from Apple.

    These shady Craigslist listings are not worth the hassle. People selling iPads legitimately are not going to sell them for much lower than they are worth. People generally know what they are worth.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    I also recommend going with a refurb over a CL sale, I think its a safer transaction.
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I've forgotten the passcode to an old device before.

    And I know a lot of people who don't know what device they device. They can't differentiate between iPad 1/2/3/4/Air or between an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5.

    If there is no activation lock, a restore in iTunes will fix this issue.
     
  20. rajpatel macrumors regular

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    People have been murdered buying iPads on cl......not worth it, even wo ur lock issue. Go refurb
     
  21. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    Yep. Is an iPad worth risking your life?
     
  22. Badrottie Suspended

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    If the seller doesn't know Apple model and he might have tried to enter passcode too many times and he doesn't now how to restore it then iPad is stolen. Not worth your time, fella. :apple:
     
  23. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    Give me a break :rolleyes:
     
  24. braddick macrumors 68040

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    You're more likely to get in a debilitating accident on the way to Apple than you are to be mortally wounded purchasing off of Craigslist.
     
  25. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    It has happened, rare but it's happened. A few years ago, two people were robbing people who were selling Macs and iPads. I remember hearing one or two cases over the years of people getting killed meeting up.
     

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