APPLE makes it harder for thieves to flog stolen iPhones.
According to MacRumours, the California-based company has instructed employees at its stores not to repair iPhones reported lost or stolen.
The policy change, circulated through an internal memo, aims to deter criminals from charging real repairs.
The global GSMA registry allows gadget owners to register devices and list them as lost or stolen.
Apple’s memo instructs employees to check the register with their regular diagnostic tools before accepting an iPhone for repair.
If the registry tells them that the device in question is gone, they must refuse service.
The order was issued to workers at Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores, as well as authorized third-party vendors.
There’s no indication staff keep phones or report potential thefts to police.
Apple has already set limits to the repair of iPhones in lost mode that you can enable using iCloud.
Lost Mode also locks your device to prevent thieves from accessing your personal information.
Additionally, Apple technicians will not perform certain services unless you provide proof of purchase.
The guidelines aim to reduce the number of stolen iPhones that are brought to Apple for repairs.
This is followed by the news that Apple will allow customers to repair their own iPhones for the first time this year.
In a statement in November, the Cupertino-based tech titan said it would enable self-repair by providing access to genuine Apple parts and tools.
The new self-service repair program begins in the US, with more countries to follow in 2022. Parts will initially be available for the iPhone 12 and 13 series.
Apple said the new service would give those who are happy doing their own repairs the opportunity to do so.
The first phase of the program will offer repair parts for the iPhone screen, battery and camera.
As part of the program, Apple will launch a new online store where customers can order replacement parts and any necessary tools.
Credit is given to those who return used parts for recycling.
The company said the new store will offer more than 200 items and tools.
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