Apple has reportedly warned looters of stolen iPhones in recent US protests that the devices come loaded with special security software – inclusive of location tracking.

Reported by BBC Tech, looters of iPhones from ransacked Apple retail locations were greeted with a custom message, advising that the phone has been disabled and local authorities alerted.

The news comes after Apple Chief Executive, Tim Cook, slammed the “senseless” death of George Floyd by policeman:

“To create change, we have to reexamine our own views and actions in light of a pain that is deeply felt but too often ignored,” said Cook in a memo seen by BBC Tech.

Apple has recently been reopening over 100 retail outlets in the Unites States following closures stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The company has implemented a suite of safety standards for in-store shoppers including capped numbers, social distancing and in some cases mandatory temperature checks.

Apple Australia moved to reopen twenty one of its stores in early May.

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