Unlock Bypass iCloud Activation

“Can you unlock this device for me?”

This seems to be the question of the season as savvy folks look to the used/refurbished device market.
A quick search on eBay turns up hundreds of devices that are marked as “iCloud locked” or “Activation locked” devices. These devices are (almost always) lost or stolen devices and they will never again be usable as designed.

In the old days, pre iOS 7, stolen devices could readily be cleared of their data with a fresh install of the operating system and were ready to go. Even if they were ‘passcode locked’ –didn’t matter, just write over everything and go.

Not anymore. Apple created the “activation lock” or “iCloud lock” which requires that any device that has once been activated under someone’s iCloud account (aka–someone clicked through the normal set up wizard and typed in their Apple ID) has to have that password entered in order to be transferred to a new owner.

This means that:
1.) If you sell a device–you need to clear the iCloud lock. You can either Erase all Contents and Settings or Remove iCloud account—-both of which will require your Apple ID password. Once done, the phone can be sold and the new owner will not encounter the ‘activation lock’

2.) If step one is not done, (even if the phone is completely restored with a new operating system from recovery mode) then the new setup wizard will STILL REQUIRE the password of the original owner in order to be activated and usable.

Since we hear about things like iPhone jailbreaking all the time, it would be normal to assume that there must be some sort of hack or workaround—but there is not.


That fact doesn’t stem the tide of scammers claiming to be able to remove the activation lock, but all of these are either completely false, will provide an ‘unlock’ that is temporary, or will provide an unlock that is pretty useless since the device won’t be able to talk to the App Store or cell towers. NO METHOD will leave you with a device that will work as designed.

While we’re throwing around the word “unlock”, I’d be remiss to not clarify that some important distinctions. The iCloud or Activation lock that we’ve been talking about is different bag of cats than Carrier lock–i.e. using a phone on O2 and then ‘unlocking it’ for use on Vodafone. That is entirely possible and there are many legitimate unlocking services for carrier/network unlocking.

Also, ‘passcode locked’ when you forget your PIN code or password that the phone prompts you for at slide-to-unlock. THIS isn’t the end of the line. It is possible to erase the phone and restore it without that passcode (you will lose your data) but it can be set up again. AS LONG AS you can clear the iCloud/Activation lock–i.e. you still know your Apple ID password that you use with iTunes.

Still clear as mud?

Here is a cheatsheet:

iCloud or Activation locked—IMPOSSIBLE.


Carrier or Network locked—ready for use, but locked to that network. May be eligible for unlocking service (not all carriers allow unlocking)

Passcode locked—Can be erased and restored as new IF not also iCloud locked.

Use an Old iPhone to help your dog or cat!

Brilliant Uses for an Old iPhone

Do you have a problem dog or cat? Do you wonder what they get up to while you are out? Or maybe you come home and find a mess when you get home and wonder which of your animals is responsible. Or maybe you just want to keep an eye on your home while you are out for whatever reason. If you are one such person, then read on, this article is just for you.

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Now, the trouble with iPhones is that they keep bringing out new models. While this is all fine and dandy, it does create a problem with what to do with old iPhones. If the iPhone needs some repairs, then head over to iMonkeys. These old iPhones still have a lot of use in them, they can be used as music stations, game machines for kids, and a lot else.

But this article is going to focus on one specific use for them, and that’s for spying on your animals while you are away. How is this done? The first thing you need is your old iPhone. This is going to be used as a camera and broadcasting station. The next thing you need is some software. Download an app called AtHome Video Streamer from the iTunes store. On your new iPhone (or Android, or tablet, or laptop for that matter), down load an app called AtHome Camera Free. This is the software that will connect to your iPhone that will be broadcasting your feed.

So how to set it all up?

Set up is surprisingly easy and you’ll be up and running within 10 minutes. Follow this simple check list and you’ll have a basic setup enabling you to keep an eye on your animals from afar.

So, here goes…

Step 1 – Download AtHome Video Streamer from the app store, and install.

Step 2 – Open the app, and you should see a screen with a smaller screen which will show your current view.

Step 3 – For a basic setup, there’s no need to create a login, you can set it up between itself and a few devices to look in on it.

Step 4 – On any device you want to view the feed on, down load AtHome Camera (Free). This is available not only for the iPhone, but also for Android devices too.

Step 5 – One you’ve downloaded and installed the app, run it, and you’ll be presented with a QR capture screen.

Step 6 – Go back to your iPhone where you are sending the feed from, and press the Generate QR code button.

Step 7 – Hover your other device over the QR code that has been generated and your device will then be in synch with the feed device.

Step 8 – Set your feed device up where you want to monitor your room, and then you’ll be able to see the feed on your other device.

There’s a couple of nifty things you can do on the device you’re looking at the feed from. The bottom left button enables you to toggle between hearing what’s going on back home, and switching this off. This can be useful if you want to be able to tell if your pet is distressed in any way.

The next button allows you to record the action, and save it directly to your phone. Now you know how so many people manage to capture daft antics of pets when they are away!

The third button is perhaps the most useful. It’s the microphone button. If your pet is distressed, or worried, you can press and hold, and then speak through it. Your voice will then come out of the speakers on your iPhone and hopefully help to calm your pet down.

You can add a number of devices to the feed device by following the same procedure above for acquiring the QR code. Once the system has this saved, you’ll be able to log in from anywhere.

And of course, this system not only is useful for checking in on your pets, you can also use it as a mini surveillance system for your home, or for making sure your babysitter is doing their job looking after your kids. You can even set it up in your baby’s room to check in on it. Or you could be more creative, and maybe set it up outside to spy on wildlife, or whatever you can think of.

This is a basic setup, but you can also set it up to come on at certain times, record the action, or to activate viewing and recording based on motion.

So as you can see, an upgrade to a new phone does not mean the death of your old phone. It should simply mean a new use for it, and expand on its features.

How to save your water damaged iPhone

Probably the worst thing that can happen to your iPhone is water or liquid damage and this is becoming more and more common these days since we take our iPhone’s pretty much everywhere with us. What’s even worse is that Apple’s iPhone warranty doesn’t cover liquid damage.

If you’re not sure that your iPhone has made contact with any liquids or moisture, check your iPhone’s liquid contact indicators because this is the first thing that the genius’ will do if you take it to an Apple Store. So save yourself a wasted journey and check out the Instructions for yourself. They can be found on the Apple website.

There’s nothing more frustrating than finding yourself the owner of a broken, water damaged iPhone, thanks to a sudden spillage, or moment of clumsiness or stupidity. Whether you’ve dropped your iPhone in rain water, spilled a drink on it, or accidentally left it in your pocket and placed it in the washing machine, water damage to an iPhone is worrying, and most owners consider it the end of the lifespan for their beloved phone.

Whilst you can successfully check yourself if water damage has occurred to your iPhone, always remember that restoring an iPhone after water damage is a specialist job.

What happens when water enters into your iPhone? Why does liquid cause such a problem for your device? How to fix an iPhone with water damage?

Water on any electronic circuit boards causes corrosion, similar to rust on a garden gate, which is known also known as oxidation. Oxidation causes the degradation of the solder joints, which affect the resistance between the circuits. The connections start showing signs of cracks and pits, which stop the flow of electricity to vital parts of the iPhone’s electronic components.   Minerals and ions found in water, especially in salt or chlorine will form clusters that bridge connectors and short out circuits in a matter of hours. In our opinion, an iPhone, which has the highest chance of repair, are the ones that were affected by fresh water.

But don’t despair! Time is of the essence and If you are quick and follow the 5 steps to save your water damaged iPhone detailed in the info-graphic below, the higher the chances are of your beloved iPhone surviving along with all its data.

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Apple apologises for iPhone ‘error 53’ and issues fix

Apple has said sorry to iPhone customers whose phones were disabled after third-party repairs, and issued a fix for the problem.

Some users found that their iPhone stopped working following servicing by a non-Apple technician and saw an “error 53” message in iTunes.

Previously, Apple had said the error was a “security measure” taken to prevent fraudulent transactions.

Now, the company has released a software update to fix the error.

In a statement, Apple said that “error 53” occurs when a device fails a standard security test designed to ensure that the Touch ID fingerprint scanner is working correctly.

However, the company added: “We apologise for any inconvenience, this was designed to be a factory test and was not intended to affect customers.

“Customers who paid for an out-of-warranty replacement of their device based on this issue should contact AppleCare about a reimbursement.”

A software update has now been released so that iPhone customers with disabled phones may restore their device via iTunes on a PC or Mac.

Apple ‘prodded’

“To me, there was a lot of logic in what they said around the ‘error 53’ element,” said mobile analyst Ben Wood at CCS Insight.

“If you’re using your fingerprint to unlock sensitive data or make payments and there was the ability for someone to replace the screen and modify the module to take control of your phone – that’s not a good thing at all.”

Mr Wood added that Apple faced something of a backlash over the error after it appeared “retrospectively” on repaired phones following a software update, and was not something iPhone users had expected.

Apple had even faced a class action lawsuit led by a Seattle-based firm over error 53-disabled phones.

“I think it’s a sensible decision by Apple,” he told the BBC.

“If they’ve found a way to allow people to do repairs to the phone without that error occurring, that’s great news.”

Some customers praised the company’s decision on Apple’s discussion forums.

“Perhaps my sentiment of a week ago or so (that I would not buy an iPhone 6), which generated so much complaining by people with huge numbers of posts, in its small way helped to prod Apple into fixing this,” wrote one user, risandy, following news of the fix.

“Glad to see Apple have back-tracked on this one,”

iPhone 5se rumor roundup

Apple’s rumored to be putting new life into the small phone with an iPhone 5se upgrade, maybe as soon as this March!

Instead of letting the iPhone 5s go the way of all previous older iPhones, rumor has it Apple is going to give it new specs and new life… as the iPhone 5se. That would keep a 4-inch iPhone on the market, for those that still prefer it, and keep the entry-level iPhone distinct from Apple’s flagships. What kind of spec bumps could it get and when could we get it?

Once Apple announces it, we’ll know for sure. In the meantime we can look at the rumors and try to figure out where and how to set our expectations. So, let’s do that now!

iPhone 5se name

The currently rumored name for the new 4-inch iPhone is iPhone 5se.

Not iPhone 6c, since it’s not an iPhone 6 in a candy colored casing, and not iPhone 6s mini because, physically, it’s reportedly based on the iPhone 5s design, not iPhone 6s.

Apple introduced the “S”-variant names in 2009 with the iPhone 3GS. Back then, the “S” stood for “speed” in recognition of the increase in processor and radio performance. Apple continued the convention with the iPhone 4S — later re-styled iPhone 4s — in 2011. While the iPhone 4s was speedier in many ways, it also had “Siri”. The iPhone 5s came in 2013, which was again speedier, but again also had a new “sensor” in Touch ID. If iPhone 5se is an upgraded iPhone 5s, it makes sense to brand it as such.

Apple has, of course, sometimes skipped new branding entirely. The early 2013 iPad was simply the “new iPad” and the 2015 Apple TV was simple the “new Apple TV”, even though both were major updates. That can cause confusion, though, especially for those searching for accessories.

iPhone 5se wouldn’t be the first double letter name either. The first “S”-variant was also packed double letters: iPhone 3GS. The original iPhone 3G name — which could just as easily have been iPhone 2 —reflected the updated radio technology. Apple could have gone with iPhone 3S, but they wanted to keep the iPhone 3G branding. iPhone 5se would fit that pattern: keep the iPhone 5s branding but enhance it.

(Way back in 1987, of course, Apple released a Macintosh SE. Convenient nostalgia is still nostalgia, after all.)

Apple Pay reportedly arriving in China this week, France later in 2016

Apple Pay will reportedly be launching in China on Thursday, February 18. Additionally, the system is said to be heading to France at some point in 2016.

In response to questions about the arrival of Apple Pay, China Guangfa Bank’s official WeChat account replied that the system would arrive on February 15 at 5:00 a.m. local time. From Tech in Asia:

That information comes via the public WeChat account of China Guangfa Bank credit cards. Since those cards, like all UnionPay cards, will be able to connect with Apple Pay, the bank’s WeChat account is dispensing information about Apple Pay, and the available menu options include a query about when Apple Pay will be available. If you select that option, the account will tell you it’s coming to China on February 18, at 5:00 am. It also says you’ll need iOS 9.2 or later or Watch OS 2.1 or later to be able to use it.

At the end of 2015, Apple announced a partership with Chinese payment provider UnionPay to bring Apple Pay to China early this year.

According to the folks over at iGen, Apple Pay will also be heading to France later this year. It is thought that a number of banks and card providers will be on board for the launch, unlike the expansions into Canada and Australia, which came thanks to a partnership between Apple and American Express.

Apple Pay was originally released in the United States in late 2014. It made its first expansion outside of the U.S. to the UK in July 2015, before arriving in Canada and Australia in November. The system is also set to expand into Spain, Singapore, and Hong Kong at some point this year.

Source: Tech In Asia, iGen (French); Via: 9to5Mac

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