Authorities have readily expressed concern over anti-theft features on the devices, some even going as far as suggesting a “kill switch” in the event that such smartphones are stolen.
And as Apple readies iOS 7 for release this fall, some state prosecutors have taken a keen interest in the latest iOS offers.
According to a report from the San Francisco Examiner on Thursday, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascó was set to meet with both Apple and Samsung to view the companies’ latest security features.
“We are not going to take them at their word,” Gascón told the SF Examiner. “We will assess the solutions they are proposing and see if they stand up to the tactics commonly employed by thieves.”
Gascó was also expected to bring in experts to test the new features. The district attorney previously partnered with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, also involved, to introduce an initiative called “Secure Our Smartphones.”
In September, an Associated Press report indicated nearly half of San Francisco thefts were “cell-phone related.”