Yesterday we heard that the Apple Activation Lock verification feature had been removed from Apple’s iCloud website.
The feature would allow you to enter a serial number or an IMEI number for an iPhone or iPad to see if it has an activation lock, this was useful to people buying pre-owned devices to see if they would be able to use the device.
Activation Lock is automatically turned on when you install Find My iPhone and a device cannot be registered and activated to a new user with this lock on.
Now it would appear that the reason that Apple has removed this feature from their website is because it may have been used in a hack to unlock bricked devices, this can be seen in the video below, the activation lock part is at around 5.25.
So it would appear that this may have been the reason that Apple decided to remove this tool from their website.
Source MacRumorsFiled Under: Apple, Apple iPad, Apple iPhone