Apple technicians stop repairing iPhones that have been reported stolen or lost, according to MacRumors. The company instructed Apple Stores and authorized providers not to accept devices for repair if they were listed on their internal MobileGenius or GSX systems as stolen or lost.
This means that technicians will check the IMEI of a device in relation to the GSMA Device Registry if a customer wants to repair it.
The GSMA registry is a global database where owners can enter the IMEI of their devices and set a status for them if they are lost or stolen. This move extends Apple's existing policy of blocking repairs to devices whose owners cannot disable the Find My iPhone feature.
This might discourage some from buying used devices outside of official and authorized sources so as not to unknowingly end up with a stolen phone.
Of course everyone can go to a repair shop (unauthorized) who does not care where they got their devices from.
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