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The argument regarding smartphones coming with potential kill switches has been old. We have seen enough reports that were either against or for the new addition. However, as it seems, Apple is all set to incorporate the technology for all its devices.
Apple-made phones will include a theft deterrent system that will enable users to lock their devices and wipe them clean of data if stolen. The new option comes as a welcoming addition for all the regulators who have pushed the telecommunications industry to do more in terms of phone security.
The new tool, known as a kill switch, will now be a standard on Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices. Also, it can be installed on previous models of iPhones, according to an announcement from the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Schneiderman has long been known to fight alongside New York District Attorney George Gascon to convince device manufacturers to include the kill switch as a default setting on their devices. And this time, as it seems, the pleas for the same haven't fallen on deaf ears.
"This is a game changer," said Gascon. "This is a major development that will change behaviour on the street and eventually turn around this violent epidemic." Also, the new announcement marks the very first time a kill switch is present as a default option on the iPhone.
Previous to this, back in April, Apple was named among 10 device makers to sign a voluntary agreement to make the feature available on new smartphones.