Apple's Activation Lock Helps Curb Thefts

The so-called "kill switch" function named "activation lock" on Apple iPhones may be decreasing thefts of the smartphone, while thefts of Samsung smartphones are on the rise.

According to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, robberies and larcenies of iPhones dropped by 19 and 29 percent in the city from January to May compared to the same period last year, thanks to the adoption of the "kill switch," which disables phones remotely if they are lost or stolen.

By contrast, robberies involving Samsung smartphones rose roughly 40 percent over the same period. Similar results were observed in San Francisco and London.

Domestic smartphone makers, such as Samsung, LG and Pantech, recently began equipping their devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S5 and LG's G3 with similar functions.

The same is true for Pantech smartphones, starting from the Vega No. 6 that was rolled out in February 2013.

Users of older smartphones will also soon be able to keep their smartphones safe because Google and Microsoft have decided to include anti-theft features in their next OS updates.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 23, 2014 11:29 KST