Apple Disabled and Tracked iPhones that Were Looted
Apple has disabled and tracked iPhones that were stolen from ransacked Apple retail stores in recent days, according to New York Post.
Looting has erupted across the U.S. alongside the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by police. Apple stores in cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington were attacked and looted. According to a message displayed on screens, iPhones on display in Apple stores have security software installed to track the device if any are stolen.
One picture posted on Twitter showed the message: “Please return to Apple Walnut Street. This device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities will be alerted.” This iPhone was stolen from an Apple store in Philadelphia.
Apple chief Tim Cook said in a memo to employees that the killing of George Floyd was “senseless”.
“To our colleagues in the Black community, you matter, your lives matter, and you are valued here at Apple,” said Cook.