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I wonder how much Apple paid for this stunt

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Does Android allow you to fully lock the device, even barring attempts to overwrite the existing firmware and wipe the phone clean?

The remote lock described here has been offered by iOS for a while. The Activation Lock works as it's currently very difficult, if not impossible, to downgrade your device from iOS 7 on devices newer than A4. Plus you would need the SHSH if you're thinking of workarounds, and that's only if the phone's owner remembered to save it.

That's why the Activation Lock is that much of a deterrent.

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To combat a surge in smartphone theft, the NYPD has launched a campaign to advise consumers about the security benefits of updating to Apple's latest -- but neglected to promote a similar feature Google launched on Android one month earlier.

 

Criminals do not usually target Android, but they do target iPhones.

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^ Because iPhone is more expensive .... ?

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^ Because iPhone is more expensive .... ?

Pretty much. Not many Android phones are worth anything after 6 months in the form of resell value. Target the more profitable market.

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Pretty much. Not many Android phones are worth anything after 6 months in the form of resell value. Target the more profitable market.

 

I can't fault them for that, I guess. It just makes no sense to me why Apple's products hold their resell value more so than the competition, though. Mind share, I suppose.

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I can't fault them for that, I guess. It just makes no sense to me why Apple's products hold their resell value more so than the competition, though. Mind share, I suppose.

Part of it comes from why Androids lose their value so fast. If you buy a 1 year old iPhone, you can expect to get another year, if not two of use out of it. Android, you'll be lucky if its still supported and updated in a year. Obviously not always the case, but it is next to impossible to predict which ones will be supported in a year or not.

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