Originally Posted by EricTheHalfBee
Please explain to me, then, how you can root a GS4. And no, I'm not talking about the common methods circulating. I want to you find someone who has done it on a GS4 that has KNOX installed.
Keep in mind that the point of theft deterrence is not to solve 100% of imagined scenarios, but rather to simply destroy the business model behind taking something.
Right now, iPhones maintain high values, have widespread resale markets with significant demand, and are trivial to steal/wipe/resell. Activation Lock will make it easy for regular people who already use iCloud to turn on a feature that's easy and free, and which complicates resale significantly. Add in a fingerprint reader and you make it that much more difficult.
Resale/pawn shops will have a harder time fencing stolen, non-easily activated iOS devices, and the ability to offer a reward for return can make it more valuable & easier to return the device rather than to attempt to resell it.
Samsung phones are not the same as iPhones. They don't have high resale value because you can go to a carrier and get all the free phones you want. The market is glutted with used Samsung Android phones that nobody wants, which cant be upgraded, and which are obsolete the next time Google releases Android version x.x.+1. So there's not the same huge theft problem driving packs of thieves as there is with iOS devices.
Compare the App Store. It's not impossible to steal apps, but iTunes & iOS make it hard enough so that piracy isn't a massive problem. It's easier to buy an app than jailbreak your phone with some questionable hacked firmware that leaves it unstable and complicates things every time there's a new iOS release. That's theft deterrence.
All Apple needs to do is significantly complicate the resale of stolen phones and make it easier to return stolen devices than to resell them. Once an iPhone 5 goes from an easy $600 resale per phone to being a task where you have to disassemble the device and sell it for parts (or hack around for hours breaking the security), the market for stealing them for quick resale will collapse.
Sure, there will still be theft and assault and various other social ills, but the current situation will be dramatically improved simply by breaking the current ease of reselling stolen devices.