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Apple ‘kill switch’ disables stolen iPhones

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If thieves couldn't sell stolen smartphones, chances are there will be fewer of them swiped.

But it's still unclear whether a new feature Apple is introducing with its new operating system for the iPhone will be embraced by law enforcement officials.

Apple says its iOS7 will feature a "kill switch" that would make it impossible to reactivate an iPhone that's reported stolen.

Top prosecutors in cities like San Francisco and New York have been calling on leading wireless device makers to come up with a way to deactivate phones to stifle the market for stolen phones.

But so far they say they will reserve judgment on the new Apple security feature until it can be seen in action.

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