Jim Rosenburg reports that New York police were handing out flyers, urging people to upgrade to iOS 7, to those in line at the iPhone launch. Here is a picture:
New iPhone models, unfortunately also mean an increase in people trying to steal them. iOS 7, which come installed all new iPhones and is now available for download to the public, come with new security measures to try and deter theft.
Naturally the police department will try to push anything that protects the safety and the privacy of the individual.
The new security features that the New York police are talking about are a part of Find My iPhone in iOS 7. The most noted feature is Activation Lock which requires your Apple ID and password before anyone can:
- Turn off Find My iPhone
- Erase your device
- Reactivate and use your device
If your device gets into the wrong hands, with Activation Lock, you can be sure that your personal data is safe. The phone becomes useless to the person who stole your device, because without your Apple ID and password they can not do anything with the device. That is one expensive paperweight.
Find My iPhone also has many other features including the ability to send a message to your phone, make your phone play a sound, see where your phone is on a map, and even remote wipe your phone. The remote wipe feature will ensure if you can not get your phone back, you can erase all everything on your device.
iOS 7 contains some security bugs which have been reported over the past few days, but Apple should release fixes in a future software update.