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.
T-Mobile Using Apple Business Chat to Bring Customer Service to iMessage
T-Mobile today said its iPhone customers can use the new Apple Business Chat feature to converse directly with T-Mobile customer service representatives. Apple Business Chat is a tool added via iOS 11.3, which Apple distributed to iOS devices last month.
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.
Apple's New Robot Prevents Your Dead iPhone from Pushing Daisies
Apple today made several commitments to environmental conservation efforts based on recycling old iPhones. To start, the company will make a donation to Conservation International for every device recycled at Apple stores and Apple.com between now and April 30.
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.