Apple has security measures in place that helps people deal with their stolen/lost iPhones that attempts to lower their value for those attempting to resell it. However, it was recently reported that over in Brazil, iPhone thieves weren’t stealing iPhones to resell, but rather to access the banking apps on the phone and steal money from their victims.
Now, like we said, Apple already has tools that lets users remotely lock and wipe their devices, but according to a report from Brazilian newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo, Apple (and Google) have told the country’s consumer protection regulator that they will be making it easier to access their services and to erase a stolen smartphone.
Both companies did not detail what they will be doing exactly to make it “easier”. In its current iteration, it’s actually not that hard to access Apple’s Find My network and to report a device as lost/stolen and to lock and wipe it remotely. All users need is access to a computer. Perhaps Apple could be considering setting up some kind of hotline so that users can at least report the incident and have someone at Apple erase their devices remotely on their behalf.
Do note that’s just speculation on our part so what the exact process will be like remains to be seen.