NYPD Recommends iOS 7 Upgrade for iOS Device Owning New Yorkers
New York City’s Police Department has been looking to cut back smartphone crimes for quite some time and it has recently been discovered that they are pushing for the general public to update their iOS devices to iOS 7. The NYPD seems to be informing iPhone-owning residents to update their devices to the latest version of iOS in order to obtain new security features designed to thwart potential thieves.
NYPD officers were handing out informational flyers to the general public urging them to upgrade to iOS 7 in order to take advantage of the security features Apple has built into its latest operating system. Twitter user Michael Hoffman published one of the flyers being handed out by the NYPD (as you can see above).
To be more specific, the police are hoping that iPhone users will upgrade, which in turn will automatically install Apple’s Activation Lock feature. The security feature keeps a thief from erasing a phone’s data and reactivating it. The original Apple ID and password used to activate the device will be needed to perform such activations as well as be required to deactivate the Find My iPhone feature which seems to have come in handy to police officials.
For those of you who didn’t know, New York in particular has a considerable problem with the theft of iPhones and other Apple products. Between January 1 and September 23 of last year, the city saw 11,447 recorded thefts of Apple products. The theft of Apple products have accounted for 14.4% of major crimes and have risen from 2011 in 2012, which have outpaced all other crimes over the same time period. Government officials from both New York and San Francisco are repeatedly calling Apple and other device makers urging them to build better security features into their smartphones and tablets. Security features introduced with iOS 7 were seen as being a step in the right direction and apparently good enough for officials to be handing out flyers.
Source: Michael Hoffman
) via AppleInsider