Apple Makes It Hard to Check if iPhones Were Stolen

Seems like Apple has removed the Activation Lock tool that allows users to check whether a phone is Activation Locked from iCloud.com. The tool allowed to check the serial number or IMEI of iOS devices, showing if the feature was active, helping consumers to avoid the purchase of stolen ones. Now, on icloud.com/activationlock there's only Apple’s 404 “Not Found” page, instead of the tool, The Verge noticed.

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Over the years, Activation Lock has become the de facto standard tool for companies who accept iOS devices for donations or trade-ins. Apple hasn’t yet reacted to a request for comment.