If you are looking at buying or selling a Mac that is less than two years old, you need to be aware of Apple’s Activation Lock, otherwise you may inadvertently end up with a Mac that cannot be used. Read on to find out more.
Apple Macs are renowned for their security measures. If your Mac is stolen, it’s very difficult for the thief to bypass the inbuilt security measures, so long as you have taken advantage of the tools at your disposal to secure your machine. However, these same tools can consign a Mac to the scrapheap if you don’t fully understand them.
According to Apple, with Activation Lock:
“…your Apple ID password or device passcode is required before anyone can turn off Find My, erase your Mac, or reactivate and use your Mac. Even if you erase your Mac remotely, Activation Lock can continue to deter others from reactivating your Mac without your permission. All you need to do is keep Find My turned on and remember your Apple ID and password.”
The flip side of this is that if a Mac is sold without Activation Lock first being disabled, it will still be associated with the previous Apple ID, and the new owner won’t be able to gain access, even if it has been erased… essentially rendering the machine useless.
A recent Tweet by an American independent computer repair specialist, John Bumstead, complains of the “millions” of Macs that have been “condemned… to death” due to Apple’s Activation Lock.
If you are buying or selling such a device second-hand, you need to make sure that the Apple ID has been correctly disassociated from it. You CANNOT just wipe the drive and reinstall the operating system; you must also disable Find My Mac and Activation Lock.
This means that if you are buying a second-hand Mac, check with the seller that they have followed the correct procedures, and that you are able to contact them for their Apple ID info if Activation Lock kicks in.
If you would like any further information about this topic or would like some assistance with preparing your Mac for resale, contact us.
Blue Apple Systems sells both new and second-hand Macs. However, we only sell second-hand Macs that we have supplied from new and have been correctly prepared for sale.
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