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Will Apple Resist?
Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, said the security measure was a good move.
"Thieves can drop stolen phones off at a kiosk and get instant cash, a couple hundred dollars if it's an iPhone. If the phone is stolen, a kill switch would brick it and make it of no value," Enderle told us. "That would force these kiosk operators to take another path, and if the phone is valueless there's not much point in somebody mugging you to take it."
Of course, Enderle said going after the crooks that are paying money for stolen phones should be the first priority. Still, he's not expecting smartphone makers to put up much resistance to adding a kill switch because it won't cost much.
"Apple has had a bricking capability in the iPhone for some time. So from Apple's perspective -- and the iPhone is the device most often stolen -- it really isn't that much more cost," Enderle said. "It just uses a bricking function that up until now was preventing people from doing certain things with their phone and turning it into a mechanism to make it safer."