iPhone been stolen
iPhone been stolen

That they steal your iPhone is something that unfortunately happens frequently. The loss of the device, it is inevitable to think about what is the fate that holds. Apple protections against theft and reactivation of their devices are quite strong, even if thieves managed to get into the device.

What’s wrong with a stolen iPhone

If you have ever wanted to sell an iPhone or iPad, you will know that you must enter the password of your Apple ID so that another user can use it. This is just the impediment that thieves face. A blockade that can not be overcome unless they use “social engineering” techniques that we saw some time ago. With this, the thieves try to get your password by posing as Apple and asking for your passwords (never give them to anyone).

This leaves the device unusable until the owner of the Apple account enters the password. It also happens in the case that thieves enter to steal in an Apple Store and take the devices, as happened yesterday in Valencia. This is why thieves only have one way out: sell the stolen iPhone by pieces.

In the upper capture we can see the estimated cost of the components of an iPhone X, according to IHS Markit. As can be seen, the most expensive component is the terminal screen, with an estimate of $ 110. The back cover, which is made of glass and houses the wireless charging system, costs $ 61. The TrueDepth system has a cost of $ 16.70.

The fate of all stolen and blocked iPhones is the sale of parts for low cost repairs

Yes it is interesting to see that the double battery of an iPhone X are only $ 6, a component that is sold in stores at several times its price due to the labor required in the operation. It must be borne in mind that these costs are an estimate and that all the investment made in R & D as well as in software and some acquisitions made by the company are ignored.

IPhone theft and sale of its components

A quick search by eBay gives us hundreds of blocked iPhone offers at rock bottom prices. This is because only a handful of components (screen, housing and maybe the battery) are usable. They end up in low-cost repair shops, according to research by Wired several years ago, and sent to the Middle East and Asia.

Forcing the manufacturers to install a kill switch , a function to “kill” the terminal by remote control, would not be the solution either. According to Wired:

Street theft may go down a little. Maybe a lot But the innards of the phone are still valuable. People are going to destroy them to sell them in parts.

It is a pity that terminals in perfect condition end up being torn apart and replaced in other iPhones. A few years ago it became known that resorting to unofficial screen repairs could block Touch ID. And also that an unofficial repair of this same sensor could block the phone because it is linked to the terminal’s processor. Finally, it was solved with an iOS update.

Resorting to this type of repairs ends up promoting the profitability and output of stolen terminals, although that does not mean that parts of dubious origin are always used.


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