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Thursday Mar 31 2022
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Bad news for snatchers: Apple has made it harder to steal iPhone

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Web Desk
A customer tests a smartphone during the launch of the new iPhone XS and XS Max sales at re:Store Apple reseller shop in Moscow, Russia September 28, 2018. —Reuters
A customer tests a smartphone during the launch of the new iPhone XS and XS Max sales at "re:Store" Apple reseller shop in Moscow, Russia September 28, 2018. —Reuters

  • Stolen or missing iPhones can now be reported to Apple.
  • GSMA Device Registry will keep record of stolen iPhones.
  • If any customer brings stolen iPhone to be serviced, Apple technicians will refuse.


iPhone users will now be able to alert Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Service Providers if their iPhones go missing or are stolen, reported Mac Rumors.

An internal memo received by Mac Rumors explains that users will be able to report their device as missing in the GSMA Device Registry.

The GSMA Device Registry is a global database that will keep a record of lost or stolen iPhones. Devices will be identified by their IMEI number.

This step by Apple makes it very difficult to steal an iPhone.

If a customer brings an iPhone to be serviced and it is found to be reported as missing in the GSX systems, Apple technicians will deny requests to repair.

iPhone users are therefore instructed to report if their phone is lost or stolen.