As officials around the globe demand remote “kill switches” for smartphones, we’re pleased to hear that the number of stolen iPhones has gone down quite significantly in three major cities.
London is the big winner here, much to the delight of professional clown, Mayor, and probably future Prime Minister, Boris “BJ” Johnson.
According to spokespeople for the three cities, iPhone theft has dropped 25% in New York, 40% in San Francisco, and 50% in London.
"We have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago," yelled Boris, possibly through a megaphone from atop the London Eye while wearing a bear costume.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon adds: “The wireless industry continues to roll out sophisticated new features, but preventing their own customers from being the target of a violent crime is the coolest technology they can bring to market.”
Apple and Google are already playing ball, while Windows 10 is tipped to include similar functionality when it launches later this year.
Gascon previously asserted that users shouldn’t have to go on a “scavenger hunt” to enable remote obliteration; it should, in fact, be available by default, something Apple is praised for.