Apple stores will refuse to repair iPhones reported as missing

If technicians are alerted that the iPhone  has been reported missing, they may refuse to repair it.

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Apple Stores and the company’s authorized service providers will now be able to refuse to repair iPhones reported missing in the United States.

According to an internal document obtained by MacRumors , technicians will receive alerts for devices reported as missing in the GSMA  Device Registry , an organization of mobile operators and related companies dedicated to supporting the standardization, implementation and promotion of the system. GSM mobile telephony.

If an Apple technician sees a message on their internal MobileGenius or GSX systems that the device has been reported missing, they are instructed to decline the repair.

Don’t steal an iPhone

The GSMA Device Registry is a global database designed for customers to report their lost or stolen devices.

Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers already have limited ability to repair an iPhone if the customer is unable to disable Find My.

To reduce ‌iPhone‌ theft, Apple implemented a tool in iOS 7 called Activation Lock that renders an ‌iPhone‌ without the owner ‘s Apple ID  or password useless. What that means is that even when a thief or a third party has your ‌iPhone‌, it is still linked to your ‌Apple ID‌ and cannot be used with any other account. Your ‌iPhone‌ can even be completely erased and it will still be locked, making it nearly useless to anyone but you.

If you have a newer  ‌iPhone‌ running iOS 15 and an Apple Watch running watchOS 8,  you can set up separation alerts that will let you know if you leave your ‌iPhone‌ behind, preventing it from getting lost in the first place.