To date, the biggest wireless carrier in all of America does not support Apple’s Wi-Fi calling technology, which lets mobile users make and take phone calls via Wi-Fi connections on other iCloud connected handsets such as iPad tablets and Apple Watch devices. So, too, are a couple of prepaid brands of another major US wireless carrier, Sprint -- namely Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile -- which currently still do not have support for any of the Wi-Fi tech that the iPhone maker has begun using since it launches its iOS 8 mobile operating system back in 2014.
Late last year, Apple had quietly inked a deal with rival Google in order to use Google Cloud Platform. Since that deal was struck, it appears that the iPhone maker is minimizing its reliance on Amazon Web Services (AWS), as reported by CRN. Every year, Apple spends approximately a billion dollars on AWS in powering its iCloud, iTunes, and other cloud related services. But the last few months has seen the company reducing its spending on Amazon’s platform, although it seems that Apple has not fully ditched AWS yet, and as of this writing, still remains a customer.
Apple is introducing a new tool that lets users determine if their Apple devices are configured to use Activation Lock. The web tool works in the same vein as those used by AT&T and other carriers in ascertaining if a particular handset for potential trade-in has been using the protective feature. In Apple's tool, you provide the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) or the device's serial number, then fill in a CAPTCHA form, and then click the Continue button to generate results. If your Apple device is protected, you will be given instructions on how to disable the lock before putting your handset on sale. You will find helpful information regarding the removal of a used handset from another person's account -- that is, if you bought a device from an owner who has not disabled it yet.
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