We have a headline tonight for anyone with a smart phone. We told you about the huge spike in crime caused by thieves stealing iphones. Last year 1.6 million americans had their smart phones stolen.... See More
We have a headline tonight for anyone with a smart phone. We told you about the huge spike in crime caused by thieves stealing iphones. Last year 1.6 million americans had their smart phones stolen. Police pushed phone companies to come up with a way to deter theft. Today apple revealed a new idea. Gio benitez on what they announced. Reporter: Tonight apple may be taking a page from mission impossible. This will self-is direct in ten seconds. Reporter: A solution that law enforcement has been begging for, a so called kill switch THAT COULD TURN A STOLE ENiPHONE Into a useless box, to combat iphone thefts. There's even a term for it, apple picking, a 40% increase in thefts just last year. Look at this dramatic surveillance video from a new york subway in march. This man turned to violence just to steal a cell phone. This woman knocked over and punched speaking to linsey davis. The guy snatched the phone out of my hand and kept running. Reporter: It works with the phone's current software called find my iphone which helps you track a lost phone. Now if a thief tries to turn off find my iphone or if they even wipe the device entirely, they will not be able to reactivate it. The government has been calling on tech companies to address the issue of smart phones theft. Sure you can track your phone but when someone steals the phone the robber or thief can strt using it. Apple has come up with a feature that won't allow that to happen. Reporter: Now all eyes are on other cell phone makers to see if they follow the lead. America's credit rating
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