Apple to launch iPhones with 'kill switch'

Apple Inc includes a theft deterrent system called 'kill switch' to its new launches, that will help users lock and delete data permanently if the phone gets stolen.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2014, 08:25 AM IST
Apple to launch iPhones with 'kill switch'

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: Apple Inc includes a theft deterrent system called 'kill switch' to its new launches, that will help users lock and delete data permanently if the phone gets stolen.

Kill switch, will be available on Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices and can be installed on previous models of iPhones as well.

“This is a game changer,” said George Gascon, the New York District Attorney who along with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman fought to convince the device manufacturers to include the kill switch as a default setting on their phones.

"It's a major development that will change behavior on the street and eventually turn around this violent epidemic," he added.

In April, Apple was among 10 device makers to sign a voluntary agreement to make the feature available on new smartphones.

In 2012, 1.6 million Americans were victimized for their smartphones, according to Schneiderman`s office.

(With Agency Inputs)