US Protests: Apple Is Tracking And Blocking Its Product Stolen From Apple Store

Amidst the on-going protests across the cities in the United States, incidents related to looting and vandalism have also sky-rocketed in the country. Some took advantage of the situation and looted products from businesses like the Apple Store.

However, the Cupertino company is not giving up on this as it has warned the looters that they will be tracked down. Apple is also using software on demo products that basically makes the looted products useful and prevents it from being reset to factory settings.

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So, the products are entirely useless apart from being used as a paperweight. As someone recently tweeted the phone, the looted Apple iPhone shows a message that reads: “This device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities will be alerted.”

This is the first time we are seeing Apple’s device tracking software for the demo devices in works. While Apple has clearly stated that it is tracking the device, it has not yet clarified if the company or the law enforcement plans to do anything with the collected data.

Amid all this, the company’s CEO Tim Cook has sent out a memo to the staff in these trying times. The memo reads: “I have heard from so many of you that you feel afraid – afraid in your communities, afraid in your daily lives, and, most cruelly of all, afraid in your own skin. We can have no society worth celebrating unless we can guarantee freedom from fear for every person who gives this country their love, labor, and life.”

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