New Apple tool helps you avoid buying a stolen iPhone or iPad

Buying a used phone from someone on Craigslist or eBay is never not sketchy, but thankfully Apple’s now rolled out a tool that could keep you from paying for stolen (and useless) property. The company has launched a new website that instantly checks to see whether Activation Lock — an anti-theft feature of iOS — is switched on for any iPhone or iPad. It’s part of iCloud, but you don’t need any type of Apple account to use it. You will need to access it from a desktop browser, though; mobile Safari bizarrely isn’t supported right now. That makes no sense, but oh well.

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Just enter a device’s serial number or IMEI, and Apple will tell you whether it’s locked down. Getting an “Activation Lock: On” doesn’t necessarily mean a phone or iPad is…

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