Reportedly, last week representatives from Apple and Samsung came to demo and have their anti-theft technologies tested against thieves.
Apple's Activation Lock and Samsung's Lojack for Android were tested during a Thursday meeting. Gascón said he could not discuss the technologies that were examined, as the products are not finalized, but he did say Apple told him it's planning to release anti-theft technology in the fall.
"I'm very optimistic that they came and were willing to share their technology with us," Gascón said, adding that Microsoft and Google have yet to come forward with anti-theft solutions. Gascón vowed not to drop the issue until all the major manufacturers release technology that will help deter thieves.
Hopefully thieves don't find away around activation lock and users actually use the feature, which could in the long run cut back on smartphone theft. Once Activation Lock in iOS 7 is enabled, the only way one can use the device is if you enter the Apple ID and password of the account. Even a DFU restore will not bypass activation lock.