"… and?" NYT: Oh, sorry, I couldn't hear you. I was busy flipping through these stacks of money we recently received.
Nah, don't bother. Don't need one to know it's false.
I think it's a bit more complicated than people want it to be. Even the article printed here stated (in regard to the IMEI tracking) "Privacy advocates, though, say that consumers should be able to reset their devices as they wish if they want to avoid tracking." This is just a small tip of the proverbial iceberg. The analysis the consumer has to make includes these privacy issues, plus the possibility of allowing a hacker (or other entity) to "brick" their device, and an assortment of other issues that even I haven't fully imagined.
That the NY Times is bringing the problem of phone theft to the forefront, though, is a good thing, because it will stimulate discussion and consideration of these issues and concerns. Perhaps there is a solution to theft, or perhaps there are ways the consumer can mitigate their losses in the event of the inevitable theft. Raising awareness is a first step.
"Apple has dropped the ball on this"
What rubbish. It's called personal responsibility. I suppose that ALL manufacturers need to step up and prevent thefts... watches, jewellery, TVs, cars.. /s Carriers and telcos could prevent activation of stolen phones by registering all IMEI numbers and blocking ones reported stolen or hacked numbers. But they don't - you figure out why.
As far as Apple dropping the ball, stop trolling and go back to your Samsung shift.
Although I disagree with the notion of Apple dropping the ball, it is impossible to deny that all phone makers can do more. There are indeed technological solutions, but the incentive to implement them is not strong. That is, or should be the main point of the article.
I don't think Apple is doing enough to prevent homicide either.
But has Apple dropped the ball harder than Google, Samsung or Nokia?
I could care less about the others, since that is a low bar to set.
Most thefts = Lack Personal Responsibility
The stupidity is strong in this one...
So what could they be doing better?
I am not a techie, so I have no clue. But there has to be something better than "all hope is lost if the thieves erase the IMEI."
For example, is GPS tracking an option (assuming that the loss is reported to the police).
In comparison, what are other mobile device manufacturers doing to prevent this that Apple is not?
Why? It couldn't be more correct.
Lack of responsibility? So I can't check an SMS because some bastard might be watching? Hey, don't be a retard. The only one that is guilty is ALWAYS the guy that choses to become trash and steals something.
Ah, that Samsung pays people off to keep quiet or that Samsung has paid the NYT?
Because I'm 100% certain you can't prove either of those false, and we know the former is true.
Interesting how you jump to claiming it's the VICTIM'S fault, particularly when I said absolutely nothing of the sort.
Perhaps take your own advice.
Apple has dropped the ball on this. That is simply a fact.
Huh? Did you miss this in the article?
"Currently, a number of antitheft technologies exist, allowing mobile device owners to track stolen smartphones and tablets. Early last year, AT&T rolled out a new system that blocked stolen iPhones from network access. Also, Apple's Find My Phone feature uses iCloud to track stolen iOS devices, which has resulted in some notable busts."
Tell me which smartphone does more?
Sure the article mentions ISM hacks but let's be honest, the average smartphone thief is looking to make a quick buck to support their drug habit so it's highly unlikely they would know how, or care to spend the time to perform such hacks. Blocking stolen phones from connecting to the networks (as has been universally done in Canada), combined with people not being complete effing idiots and realizing that if the dude on the corner is selling them an iPhone for a "too good to be true" price because IT IS, will likely cease thefts altogether.
I agree with the article. One of the things that disappointed me when I got my iPhone was that it doesn't have a ROM-encoded serial number (I mean non-writable non-erasable ROM, unlike NVRAM which can be rewritten). A solution like that would turn iPhones very hard to steal... criminals would need to disassemble the unit, and replace the ROM chip. Hard to do. This would certainly stop teenagers-friends thefts.
If it had that ROM serial number, you simply call Apple "hey, my iPhone was stolen", then Apple blacklists your serial number, and no phone operator would allow such unit anymore. Case closed. Just make the ROM chip very hard to replace (so that you easily break the iPhone if you want to remove it), and nobody will care to steal iPhones anymore.
New to these parts, aren't you?
Thanks for the laugh.