SF, NY officials wait to judge Apple 'kill switch'

June 10, 2013

The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are reserving judgment of Apple's new iOS7 security feature designed to make it harder to reactivate a stolen iPhone.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and Eric Schneiderman said Monday they aren't judging Apple Inc.'s new activation lock feature until they can fully understand how it works.

Apple mentioned the new feature during the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday.

While Apple didn't provide much detail on the new feature, company officials say it would deter theft.

Gascon and Schneiderman have been asking the leading wireless makers to create a "" to curb the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies nationwide. They are co-hosting a "Smartphone Summit" in New York City on Thursday.

Explore further: Apple sets new operating systems for iPhone, Mac

Related Stories

Apple sets new operating systems for iPhone, Mac

March 28, 2011

Apple said Monday that it will unveil the next generation operating systems for the iPhone and the Macintosh computer at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June.

San Francisco police help search for lost iPhone

September 5, 2011

(AP) -- San Francisco police officers helped Apple Inc. investigators look for a missing iPhone prototype that was left in a city restaurant in July, the police chief said, the second time in two years the company has lost ...

US officials to meet over cellphone thefts

June 5, 2013

Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the largest U.S. smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies.

Recommended for you

Internet giants race to faster mobile news apps

October 4, 2015

US tech giants are turning to the news in their competition for mobile users, developing new, faster ways to deliver content, but the benefits for struggling media outlets remain unclear.

Radio frequency 'harvesting' tech unveiled in UK

September 30, 2015

An energy harvesting technology that its developers say will be able to turn ambient radio frequency waves into usable electricity to charge low power devices was unveiled in London on Wednesday.

Professors say US has fallen behind on offshore wind power

September 29, 2015

University of Delaware faculty from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), the College of Engineering and the Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics say that the U.S. has fallen behind in offshore wind ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.