I went ahead and did a "wipe device" on iCloud.com on my own iPhone 5. I quickly turned off the iPhone BEFORE I even hit the wipe button. Then I started the phone in DFU mode and connected to itunes to try to RESTORE to iOS 7.0 clean restore.
The result is impressive: I cannot get pass this screen because the crook will have to know your iCloud user name AND the password. Good luck thugs!
Edit: I think if someone is able to load up iOS 6.1, perhaps this will be ineffective. But you know apple servers will block out 6.1.X when iOS 7 is ready. So it's basically a very effective anti-theft security measure!
In Activation Lock mode can you track the iPhone on iCloud.com?
What do you do when you can not get into Settings to turn off Find My Phone?
I generally don't use a passlock, but when I go out to a bar, or a highly populated area (amusement park) I will enable it just for extra security.
Twice with my old iPhone 4, I locked myself out of the phone and had to wait to get home to do an iTunes restore.
But now, I wouldn't be able to do that since I wouldn't be able to access Settings.
sooooo...what if many people don't remember their own passwords? (it's totally possible).
is it then a brick? or can it be restored somehow at the Apple Store? (you have proven that this really is your phone. you registered your name to the serial, etc.)
Good to hear! It's something that's been needed a long time for any smartphone. Hopefully, Google/Windows/Blackberry will follow suit with similar implementations too...
That being said, the cynic in me is wondering how long it will take before hackers figure out how to override the feature...
I had discussed this sometime back on the same forum and an interesting thought...
What if you sell the phone on a site like craiglist or something; Take the money in cash of course, and a day later, then lock the phone.
I honestly, am not a developer and I have not installed iOS 7. So really don't know how it works..just reading over here and thought about it.
What does locking the phone accomplish? Besides the fact that you can do this already?