iMessage Goof Leaves It Operational After Remote Wipe
A number of consumers who've had their iPhones stolen are reporting that Apple's iMessage SMS-replacement service continues to operate on the stolen iPhone under their Apple ID even after the device is wiped, the Apple ID password changed, and the phone number transferred to a new device. The result is that the thieves or new owners of the stolen iPhone are able to send and receive iMessages as the original owner. Security experts have offered several theories as to why the issue is occurring, but Apple has not provided an explanation for this phenomenon. It represents an obvious security and privacy risk, as the thieves/new owners can pose as the original owner. According to posts in Apple's support forums, the only reported fix is for users to change their Apple ID entirely when setting up a new device and deactivating the old one.
Apple Releases Tool to Check if Used iPhones Are Stolen
Apple recently published a web site that allows prospective buyers of used iPhones to check the phone's status before making a purchase. As long as the IMEI or serial number is available, users can enter the data into Apple's Activation Lock site to determine if the device was reported stolen by its rightful owner.
Apple Releases Tool to Remove Numbers from iMessage
Apple has published a tool on its web site that makes it easy for people to remove their phone number from iMessage. Phone users who switch away from the iPhone but keep the same number sometimes lose text messages from other iPhones because Apple keeps them within the iMessage service.
iCloud Drops iPhone Activation Lock Search Tool
Apple has removed a tool within iCloud that allowed people to easily check the Activation Lock status of iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Activation Lock was introduced as a part of iOS 7's Find My iPhone feature in 2014.
Apple Confirms It's Developing Fix for iMessage Bug
Apple today confirmed reports of an iMessage-based bug that can cause iPhones to crash. "We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," said Apple to Reuters.
In other news, the iPhone 6 is coming out next week
Talk about a nightmare scenario. There is an idea for a screenplay there somewhere.