Apple is now tracking iPhones and other devices that have been stolen from ransacked Apple stores during the Black Lives Matter protest, it has been reported.
Several images have appeared on social media warning the looters that the devices are being tracked, disabled and the local authorities notified.
Apple Stores in Philadelphia, New York, and other major cities in the United States were targeted by looters.
Apple stated that it did not comment on “security matters”, and it is not clear at the time of writing whether the iPad maker has passed on location data to the relevant authorities.
It is reported that the looted devices could be the units that were on display in Apple stores, which are rumored to have the software installed that can track them peradventure they are stolen. These devices are not usable outside of the Apple stores.
Pictures on social media confirmed that Apple has warned the looters to return the stolen devices.
“Please return to Apple Walnut Street,” one of such messages posted on social media said. “This device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities will be alerted.”