Disable ability to turn flight mode on, on lock screen

The-Pro

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I know there is no possibility of doing this but who thinks what I am thinking that apple should give us the option of choosing wether flight mode can be activated from the lock screen or not. I know you can disable access of the control center but I mean purely for the flight mode.
Turning in flight mode from the lock screen is very convenient and I use it several times a week but I think there should be an option for users to choose themselves.

Reason I am thinking this is because someone who wants to steal someones phone can just turn on the flight mode and avoid being tracked with find my iPhone.

Just a thought, who agrees?
 

maflynn

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You mean airplane mode?

There's lots of things apple could have done with iOS to give the consumer more choice about customizing the environment, but they don't. I'm not saying what you mentioned is a bad idea, but its not something the apple tends to do.
 

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I know there is no possibility of doing this but who thinks what I am thinking that apple should give us the option of choosing wether flight mode can be activated from the lock screen or not. I know you can disable access of the control center but I mean purely for the flight mode.
Turning in flight mode from the lock screen is very convenient and I use it several times a week but I think there should be an option for users to choose themselves.

Reason I am thinking this is because someone who wants to steal someones phone can just turn on the flight mode and avoid being tracked with find my iPhone.

Just a thought, who agrees?
Couldn't they also just turn off the phone? Granted, it would take about 3 more seconds, but the net result would be the same.
 

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You mean airplane mode?

There's lots of things apple could have done with iOS to give the consumer more choice about customizing the environment, but they don't. I'm not saying what you mentioned is a bad idea, but its not something the apple tends to do.
Yes, airplane mode :D
Good point, it is a shame but its never going to change.

Couldn't they also just turn off the phone? Granted, it would take about 3 more seconds, but the net result would be the same.
true that. But you need to consider hardly anyone turns of their iPhone and to be honest only a select few I have talked to knew you can even turn it off all the way. Most people think that pressing the lock button turns the device off. Seriously, when most of my friends that ask me for help because their iPhones are screwing up are told by myself that they should do a restart they press the lock button and then again and say OK done. I know people who havent turned off their phone in over a year and never let it run out of battery.

And turning on airplane mode allows the thief the possibility to play with the device, guessing the passcode or attempting to restore, without the chance of being tracked while turning it off doesnt.
 
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odditie

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Couldn't they also just turn off the phone? Granted, it would take about 3 more seconds, but the net result would be the same.
This is what I have a bigger problem with. I think to turn the phone off from the lock screen it should require your pin.

The issue of airplane mode is an optional thing users are allowing by having control center on the lock screen, but turning off the phone so it cannot be tracked if stolen is something that users can't prevent through settings.
 

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This is what I have a bigger problem with. I think to turn the phone off from the lock screen it should require your pin.

The issue of airplane mode is an optional thing users are allowing by having control center on the lock screen, but turning off the phone so it cannot be tracked if stolen is something that users can't prevent through settings.
I agree with that actually but then again when they turn it back on to restore it or whatever then it will connect to the internet again so the owner can track it. The thief can do what ever he wants with the device when airplane mode is on.
 

C DM

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A thief can and probably would just pull the SIM card and that would take care of the phone being connected as they wouldn't typically end up in places where the phone would automatically connect to WiFi.
 

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A thief can and probably would just pull the SIM card and that would take care of the phone being connected as they wouldn't typically end up in places where the phone would automatically connect to WiFi.
that is true, if they have a simcard opening tool or a paperclip with them. The average person who steals a phone is someone who just gets tempted because he see's it lying on a table or just grabs it out the hands of someone when leaving the train (you know, something like that)
they probably wont have a paperclip or the tool with them
 

C DM

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that is true, if they have a simcard opening tool or a paperclip with them. The average person who steals a phone is someone who just gets tempted because he see's it lying on a table or just grabs it out the hands of someone when leaving the train (you know, something like that)
they probably wont have a paperclip or the tool with them
I'd argue many of those who steal are not some random good citizens who just randomly decide to go bad at one random instance. Most are already criminals on some level and know what they are doing and what they are stealing and how best to deal with it.
 

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I'd argue many of those who steal are not some random good citizens who just randomly decide to go bad at one random instance. Most are already criminals on some level and know what they are doing and what they are stealing and how best to deal with it.
There is a large number out there who plan it, or go out looking for an opportunity to steal an iPhone but what about all those who find a phone someone lost and instead of handing it over to the police they keep it. There is a large number of people who just get tempted or never had the balls to do it aswell though.

I just think if apple were to offer an option like what has been said here, ability to not access airplane mode on lockscreen, pin code for shutting down etc would make it so much harder for thiefs and easier for people to get their belongings back
 

C DM

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There is a large number out there who plan it, or go out looking for an opportunity to steal an iPhone but what about all those who find a phone someone lost and instead of handing it over to the police they keep it. There is a large number of people who just get tempted or never had the balls to do it aswell though.

I just think if apple were to offer an option like what has been said here, ability to not access airplane mode on lockscreen, pin code for shutting down etc would make it so much harder for thiefs and easier for people to get their belongings back
The airplane mode should be passcode protected (if a passcode exists) like it is for Siri. It won't really make things significantly safer and won't change much about phones being stolen, but it should work that way nonetheless especially since Siri already has it like that and has had it for a long time.

Power off likely won't be passcode protected as that is a basic function that should be quickly accessible without the need of passwords or anything like that for electric devices--pretty much an industry standard.

This kind of discussion has been popping up every few months or so for the past few years (if not more) with pretty much the same comments and conclusions being made, before the next time it comes up and the same things simoly get rehashed again.
 

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A Faraday bag would work as well for a thief, no matter where/what is activated/set re: sim card, airplane mode, control panel etc.

Those with 5S or 6 phones, viable option is to use the fingerprint sensor and disable control panel on lock screen. That's been my solution to quickly/easily get to control panel items (unlock, slide up; timer, flashlight, and audio controls are really the only three things I use on that).