Apple succeeded in only making it difficult to break, not impossible.
There are a number of ways around iCloud that involve connecting the Apple device to a computer, with or without the iTunes program, and using one of several software tools designed for this purpose.
But there two main problems to going about the software method;
There are many scams, some made to look like an actual legitimate hacking tool, which may ask for user’s information, include malware, virus or waste user’s time.
Apple works hard to monitor for such hacking tools and releases updates to all devices which prevent them from working. On most devices, the operating system (iOS…) receives these updates by force, users cannot disable them. It’s an ongoing battle between Apple to immunize systems from hacking tools they discover, and hackers devising new ones.
Alternatively, an iPhone’s “locking” feature can be removed manually, which requires some hardware.
Step 1: Removing the mother board/logic board. Relatively easy, involves heating along the hinges, a micro screw driver and some scalpels.
Step 2: This is necessary in order to remove the flash storage chip on the logic board, which is where the iCloud information is stored.
It’s possible for Apple to also store the iCloud lock information on virtually all parts of an iPhone, but doing to would be too expensive. The iCloud problem only exists on this small black chip. Removing it requires heating the chip to some 200–300 degrees which would destroy the logic board if it’s not shielded from the heat some way, such as a heat resistant tape. It is also necessary to remove the glue from the chip in order to…
Step 3: Connect it to a “test-drive head” which is basically a median to connect the now disassembled chip to a computer with a special software able to remove the lock. We can’t directly connect an iPhone while it’s intact to this software because the logic board will prevent the software tool from doing it’s job.
This is where the problem comes in, obtaining a test drive head. It has a Lightning or 30-pin port to connect to a computer, it has a slot to place the chip onto, and a power source.
And then there is special software which will analyse and alter the iCloud lock information on the chip.
Step 4: Once the iCloud activation lock has been removed, the chip has to be reinstalled back on the logic board which involves soldering supplies and more heating. The logic board can be reassembled and the phone activated.
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Unless you want to get into the business of unlocking iPhones en masse, going about the hardware method, the ‘labor’ and risk of damaging other components or burning the logic board by accident might outweigh the trouble of selling iPhones for parts.
iPhones are quite popular in most localities, its easy to find a customer who wants to buy a new screen for example, to mend his broken device. The earphone jack, connector jack may break. The battery will need to be replaced over time. Water could damage other parts. Again, its’ easy to sell for parts.