Lost iPhones no more, Apple introduces find my iPhone

Today at Apple's WWDC many interesting things have been unveiled, Snow Leopard has become fully announced with dates and pricing, but perhaps one of the most interesting pieces of news is for iPhone users who now have a new piece of technology to help them find their iPhone should it have gone walkabout.

Aptly named 'Find my iPhone' is an important feature according to Apple because "It can be somewhat traumatic" to lose your phone. Obviously, however it is a feature which can do some pretty nifty things. Firstly, it is only availible to Apple's 'Mobileme' customers which is a bit of a shame but it'll show you on a map where your phone is. Also useful for your family/friends to track you down.

With this service you can message your phone to see if it has been left on silent, or is you have lost it completely, can use the mapping service through MobileMe to track it down. A message can also be sent to the phone which alerts any finder of the device to call a number specified in order to find it safely to its owner. An instruction can also be sent to the phone to have all of the data wiped from the memory, which can be restored at any time should it be found, through iTunes.

"If you ever do find the phone again, just plug it into iTunes and it will restore from backup."


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all there responses here are The CLASSICAL apple bashing,
Windows trolls really does not, calm down (don't know whats driving them mad, maybe their non-satisfaction with what they are defending? maybe apple is too threatening ? maybe Microsoft inability to keep up ?
maybe because they are used to afford junk (not all pcs) and believe that they had the best quality until apple came along?! and now thats too pricy for you?! guess what, thats what quality costs!.. even if they are more expensive than the standard high quality margin would be,... its worth it..

the IDEA.. is not that narrow minded to the point that you see it just the same PC components in a shiny overpriced package!! (I won't explain it.. because if you really care to know you would research that honestly yourself than just bashing!..

Macs works, entirely different that what PCs approach is. from a hardware point (as you can easily connect your harddrive to someone else's mac and boot it without installing drivers.. even if the specifications of the two systems are different or has different Peripherals or components cards!, excluding some Mac Pro third Party Expansion cards that require driver installations).. thats of-course regardless of that every piece of software or whatever are completely supported and compatible and trouble free, as if you had a game console and buying games and peripherals for it.., you are sure that games will work and won't be slow.. and its perfect for the console, and that would be it for any upcoming game that will be released for that console.. try imaging that with macs as they are consoles and its software and peripherals are like its games.. (of course excluding the ppc, and any big transition that could come up in the future)

as from an OS point of view, I cannot really compare OSX to windows. it would be unfair for both of them
bit i can say (and i've been using both from a long time) that OSX beats windows hands down when it comes to convenience!! ( there is alot to say here,.. but you can find that out yourself if you care)
also you cannot get that good feeling and sense of joy while using OSX from windows..
as for windows its has its strong points too, as for example being..duh. WINDOWS, and its wide software availability and some other business and professional usage domain strong points..

But as a blind fact, i see OSX as an innovative OS when it comes to how OSX works!..
I can't imagine how are you guys living with yourselves that easily when you are just denying apple innovation, or being innovative!
all you see that their products are garbage, pricy, etc... Don't you ever have something new to say? because I sense that the way here is just bashing.. and no valid arguments..
it looks like the classic arguments when atheists try to deny the existence of god, although they know that GOD is there!
so calm down..

AND I INVITE EVRY Mac USER TO STOP RESPONDING OR WRITING COMMENTS ON NEOWIN... because if thats the way windows trolls's gonna be, then lets leave them talking to themselves!

I don't say that all windows users here are that way though,.. so I hope i've not offended everyone!..
thanks.

"Windows trolls really does not, calm down (don't know whats driving them mad, maybe their non-satisfaction with what they are defending? maybe apple is too threatening ? maybe Microsoft inability to keep up ?"

This is where I stopped reading. What a BS post.

I dont get it.. why is everyone complaining about privacy when ALL mobile phones havebeen trackable for years..
The only difference is now you get an app to help you.

This is hardly a new "apple invention".

wow what a great feature...So when I find an iphone lying about...all I have to do is just wipe it and poof no more tracking. yippie! get real apple.

That's your (again, see the different usage) retort? Telling me to go do some homework, when clearly you're the one who needs some learning.

Why do you care whether your being tracked or not. Just sounds like something people can moan about, "big brother", "governement oh no". If your upto no good then what have you got to worry about, just carry on with your meaningless little lives.

If your upto no good then what have you got to worry about, just carry on with your meaningless little lives.

Me thinks if you're (did you catch that, YOU'RE) going to insult a group of people, at least get the spelling and grammar right.

emzino said,
Why do you care whether your being tracked or not. Just sounds like something people can moan about, "big brother", "governement oh no". If your upto no good then what have you got to worry about, just carry on with your meaningless little lives.

The problem with that logic is that everyone has something to hide, and everyone is potentially up to no good.

Very innovative!!...hahaha

But seriously...Apple is doing something to help the idiots out there who spend a bunch of money on an expensive shiny product to find what they lost. I dont need anything like this as I NEVER lose any of my stuff. Its called being mature and taking care of your things.

Could be useful in exacting revenge (via the police) on anyone who steals the device. Perhaps more appropriately, it might be a nice way to deter thefts of iPhones.

I see a lot of the concerns about privacy and tracking. These are all a bit late - every single phone (GPS handsets, at least) have a unique address (the IMEI code). You may not have GPS on your phone, but your location can still be determined relatively accurately by triangulation with the cell towers that your phone has handshaked with. You may want to think about that the next time you take your phone with you. If you can accept that and still carry a phone around, then this is a nice and relatively practical feature. It's sort of like backups - you hope you won't ever need to use it, but it's a huge relief to have it there when you need it.