If the activation locks an iPhone or iPad on, the iOS device allows for the latest operating system versions with a foreign Apple no longer use ID. Apple protects the legitimate owners from theft and makes unlawful unlocking the iPhone or the iPad as hard as possible. This protection also has disadvantages: Wanted a buyer to buy a used iPhone, he had to rely on the honesty of the seller and hope that the paid iPhone arrives without activation barrier. For this scenario, Apple has set up a special site under icloud.com/activationlock October 2014. The buyer could request the IMEI or a serial number of the device and check on the page.
Now, the website disappeared, instead, appears a 404 page of iCloud.com domain. Also, support document “Find My iPhone” to the functionality Apple has deleted the mention of the tool. A single method remains now to examine the activation barrier directly on the device.
Why Apple has removed the “iCloud activation lock” website, is not yet known. The colleagues from Macrumors have asked for an opinion on the weekend but still received no response. At the point, we can only speculate that the website was also useful for iPhone thieves. Among other things, can be found on the net instructions on how to remove the iCloud lock without the appropriate password for your Apple ID. For this, the authors also use the activation lock tool. To accomplish this, the memory of an iPhone or iPad must be overwritten on a computer. The Chinese program missed then a new IMEI memory by generating a series of new IMEI. Users need to check if the number is already assigned only via Apple page.
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This procedure with the newly generated IMEIs could also some incidents explain since October 2016: So then, the iPhone-7 buyers have reported their devices were already connected to a foreign Apple ID. When the iPhone was accidentally assigned an IMEI that had been used for a stolen device the thieves, there were, therefore, two devices with the same IMEI and these two devices were attached to the same Apple ID, namely the thief.