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Jailbroken iPhone: Apple’s remote kill switch

Apple understand how frustrating it is when a user loses or has their iPhone stolen, which is why the Cupertino company plans to patent a remote kill switch. However, the system will also detect if a handset has been jailbroken and then render the handset useless. Apple seems in a constant battle to keep up jailbreaking, the latest is the iPhone iOS 4.0.2 Jailbreak and Unlock.

According to Neil Hughes from AppleInsider most phone makers already have this kill switch, but Apple plans to go further with theirs and will brick any of their devices. Looking at the diagram below you will see just how simple the system is; it shows that any abnormal activity could lead to the device being shutdown remotely.

We have to wonder what is Apple’s main focus here, is it for the user if their device is stolen, or more for them when one of their products gets jailbroken? We are not certain if such a feature would be implemented, it will be like Apple watching you 24/7.

Hughes already points out that there is already an app called Find My iPhone, which is good enough to locate your handset if you have misplaced it or it has been stolen. Do you believe that Apple should be allowed to brick your iPhone if it had been jailbroken?

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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