Now, however, searching for the tool’s page results in a 404 error, and all mention of the feature has been removed from Apple’s Activation Lock support page. When reached for comment about the tool’s removal, Apple reps no response.
Either way, now that the tool’s offline, be sure to do your homework if you’re buying a used iOS device. If you’re not dealing with a retailer that’s been certified by Apple, make sure to ask the seller about the Activation Lock up front. If they can’t guarantee the device isn’t still locked, don’t buy it.
This story was updated to reflect Apple’s response to our questions.