What happened to icloud.com/activationlock ?

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  1. tywebb13, Jan 28, 2017
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    tywebb13 macrumors 68020

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    It seems that apple have removed https://www.icloud.com/activationlock which you used to be able to use to check the activation lock status of used phones before purchasing them.

    Maybe apple removed it to stop assisting the used phone market and force people to only buy brand new phones instead.

    Either that or it is only down temporarily.

    Otherwise if you are unlucky enough to get a locked phone, you can unlock it manually by changing the serial number - but that is quite hard to do and if you are unskilled you can destroy the phone in the process.

    So hopefully the website will come back because it was useful.
     
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  3. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Pretty conspiracy-theory of you. I'm sure they'll have another website with the same functionality live soon
     
  4. tywebb13 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah. But I said maybe.

    In fact it might be true.

    However I hope it isn't true and the website will come back.
     
  5. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Maybe the moon landing was a lie... Maybe

    But no, it is actually a little suspicious that it isn't back up yet, and that Apple's Server Status page mentions nothing about it.
     
  6. tywebb13 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Actually what worries me more is that there are other apple webpages which are up which used to refer to it but which no longer do so.

    So maybe this means apple do not intend to put it back up.
     
  7. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    Apple removed it to make buying used iPhones and iPads harder.
     
  8. macTW Suspended

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    Apple removed it to make hacking and locking used iPhones and iPads harder.


    Corrected yours with the truth and not a backless anti-Apple opinion.
     
  9. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

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    Was used by a hacking gang so it was dangerous.

    Apple wants people to sell their old phones so they buy new ones.
    In spite of what people like you say - a company's goal is to sell - that is capitalism and as long as done honestly it is what they should be doing. Would you rather that a company sells something once and never again to the same buyer? Wouldn't last long that way
     
  10. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    Where did this "truth" came from?

    Did you conducted a "truth" session with Timmy?
     
  11. l3uddz macrumors 6502

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  12. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    NAND reprogramming has been done for years now.

    When Apple remove the activation lock status website, people suddenly discover this "hack" which isn't really a hack.
     
  13. l3uddz macrumors 6502

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    It may not be a hack, but definitely makes their life easier by being able to check serials, and is definitely a very plausible reason for the site being down.
     
  14. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    This has been done for years.

    I highly doubt that Apple would suddenly take down the page for that reason.
     
  15. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    We'll have to wait for an official statement from Apple on what happened.
    But I'm sure there's a good reason they took it down and they might be working on improving it.
     
  16. macTW Suspended

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    Clearly you're either new to macrumors or have never had anyone give you facts.

    "the Activation Lock website was a vital part of a bypass hack used to unlock devices bricked by Activation Lock"

    Source: macrumors article on removal of the website.
     

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