NEW DELHI: Apple has apparently removed its iCloud Activation Lock website without providing any reasons or clarifications. Opening the icloud.com/activationlock URL now returns a 404 error.
For those unaware, the website provided users with one of the fastest methods to check if there iPhones were stolen or not.
The website allowed users to type in the IMEI number of an iPhone and check if the Activation Lock on the device had been turned off or not, thus verifying if the seller gave them a new device or a used one.
As spotted by 9to5Mac website, Apple has also updated its documentation page, removing any references to iCloud Activation Lock website. This confirms that the decision to take down the website is deliberate and it’s not temporarily down.
Until now, the documentation asked users to check the current Activation lock status from the aforementioned URL, using any Mac or PC. The upgraded documentation page doesn’t provide any alternative way to check for the Activation Lock status. This means that second hand iPhone buyers would now need to meet the seller in person to check if the Activation Lock is active or not.
The upgraded documentation website now reads, “When you buy an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Apple Watch from someone other than Apple or an authorized Apple reseller, it is up to you to ensure that the device is erased and no longer linked to the previous owner’s account.”
On a related note, Apple, in its recently released iOS 10.3 beta 1 OS, added the ability to let users find their missing Airpods.
The new ‘Find my Airpods’ feature can be found inside the ‘Find My iPhone’ app. The official rollout of the feature also explains the company’s decision to remove a third-party application that offered the similar functionality.
Improvements to the company’s digital assistant, Siri, too, are there in the operating system. The assistant can now show cricket scores from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council. The Safari browser now supports Reduced Motion preference in web apps.