When Apple removed iCloud Activation Lock Status page in January this year, it didn't come as a surprise to me. It was done for security purpose in order to prevent hacking that takes the advantage of stolen serial number.
With that web tool, anyone could easily check out the status of the Activation Lock feature. It's believed that hackers would use this web tool to reactivate bricked iPhones. They would enter an iPhone's IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) on the iCloud Activation Lock web page to change the serial number stored on the device and bypass Activation Lock.
How to Check iPhone Activation Lock Status via Apple Support
Note: This trick may not work for all users, everywhere. Apple may soon fix this loophole that allows to check the Activation Lock status.
Step #1. Launch any web browser on your iOS device or Computer and go to Apple Support webpage.
Step #2. Next, you need to select iPhone from the available list of devices.
Step #3. Now, click on any search category which is related to hardware. As for instance, Repairs & Physical Damage or Battery, Power & Charging. Then, you need to choose a particular problem such as Display is cracked, Screen or display quality.
Step #4. Next up, you have to click on Send/Bring in for repair.
Step #5. Now, enter your iPhone's serial number, IMEI or MEID in order to check its Activation Lock status.
Just in case Find My iPhone and Activation Lock is enabled on your iOS device, you will get a message reading “Sorry but we can't create a repair while Find my iPhone is active.”
Try to select other device problem if you aren't able to check the Activation Lock status of your device.
The Bottom Line
Honestly speaking, I'm very happy with the removal of the web tool that allows to check whether any iPhone is stolen. It's an important deterrence that can prevent hacking. What's your take on it? Do let us know that in the comments.
You may want to read: how to remotely disable Find My iPhone using iCloud and how to locate AirPods using Find My AirPods on iPhone.