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Activation Lock is securely stored on Apple’s activation server’s and links to your device. Your password will be required before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device.
Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you use Find My iPhone on a device running iOS 7 or later. Find My iPhone Activation Lock requires your Apple ID and password before anyone else can do the following:
- Turn off Find My iPhone on your device
- Erase your device
- Reactivate and use your device
Find My iPhone can be used to erase your device remotely, however Activation Lock will still be activated after a device wipe. This adds an additional layer of protection in the event someone attempts to reactivate your device without your permission. Also, if you plan on giving away your device you should turn off Find My iPhone. This ensures that the new owner can use your device as normal.
Once you redeem iTunes Gift Cards or iTunes Gifts on iOS (tested on iOS 9.x), your updated balance will appear in your iTunes Store account. When you purchase content, iTunes will deduct funds from the credit until it is depleted.
Note: You can also do the following through iTunes, the Mac App Store or the iBooks Store.
Checking your balance on iOS:
- Tap iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks
- In iBooks, tap Featured at the bottom of the screen
- Scroll to the bottom of page
- If you are signed in, tap Sign-In and enter your Apple ID and password
- If you have a credit balance, you’ll see it below your Apple ID*
*If you are not in credit, the credit balance will not be visible.
If you have insufficient store credit to purchase content, iTunes does not prompt you with a notification reminder upon clicking to purchase. Permitting customers to purchase content without notifying them at checkout that their iTunes payment credit or debit card is about to be debited the outstanding difference, could be perceived as deliberate by design.
Most iPhone users will be unaware that apps that are ‘closed’ can constantly track the users’ locations. Recently the Foursquare app (this will be one of many in time) was updated to allow the company to track users’ GPS coordinates anytime the phone is powered on. Call this ‘persistent tracking’.
I for one am not a Foursquare user, but installed this latest release for testing over the past two weeks. The previous Foursquare release required users’ to turn on location-tracking. Now they require you to ‘opt-out’ by changing a setting within the app. My first observation is that developing apps to persistently track users movements and behaviours should be an option on install. They also will impact battery performance. My test results (private) proved that it had an impact of 5-10% additional drain but this was only using Wi-Fi.
My second observation is ‘big data’. There is no doubting the obvious monetisation opportunities for ad publishers and networks with persistently tracking users even when the app is closed. So what can you do to stop apps from accessing iOS location APIs and tracking your every movement when open as well as closed? Simple.