“I suggested last week that Apple’s apparent move to remove security tethers from demo devices in its retail stores likely wasn’t too risky thanks to a range of hidden security measures, and we’ve been hearing a little detail on how some of these work,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac.

“Apple has long had special OS images for demo devices. You can’t, for example, set a passcode on a iOS device and then lock it, and Macs revert to their original state after a reboot,” Lovejoy reports. “Apple regularly tweaks these images. For example, at one time you could go into Safari and change the homepage to any site you liked; there’s now a lock-out to prevent this.”

Lovejoy reports, “One security feature on the current display models of both iOS devices and Macs is designed to instantly render them useless if someone removes them from the store.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, this’ll be great as soon as thieves understand that there’s no point in stealing devices from Apple retail locations. Until then, expect a bit more e-waste in trash bins around Apple locations.

Steve Jobs never wanted devices in Apple locations to be shackled with security tethers.

Apple retail locations removing security tethers from iPhone display units – October 14, 2016

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]