Only several days ago, Apple released their Apple Store app to allow users to browse and shop for Apple products, reserve the latest iDevices and even make appointments for 1-on-1 help sessions (Genius Bar). And now, the big A has released another handy lil app to help users locate their lost/stolen iPhone and iPad. Should you be unfortunate enough to lose your iDevice, simply install the Find My iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to see where it is on a map. You can then display a personal message on the lost device (telling the other party to return it or else…) and even have it remotely locked and ensure that all the data is wiped. Of course, the one catch here is that you have to subscribe to the mobileme service ($99/yr or 60 day free trial) in order to make use of this app. If you’re not already a subscriber, perhaps being a new owner of the upcoming iPhone 4 will change your mind. More info after the gap.
Apple, Find My iPhone - Free
If you lose your iPhone or iPad while on the go, simply install this free app on any other iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to find it.
Sign in with your member name and password (MobileMe subscription required) to locate your missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. You can even remotely lock the device to protect your privacy, or wipe it to permanently delete all of your data if you think that it won’t be returned.
– Locate your iPhone or iPad on a map
– Display a message and optionally play a sound for two minutes at full volume even if your device is set to silent
– Remotely set a passcode lock on your device (or lock it using your existing passcode)
– Remotely wipe your device to permanently erase all of your personal data
The app will automatically sign you out after 15 minutes of inactivity or you can manually sign out at any time.
Please note that you must first set up your MobileMe account and turn on Find My iPhone on each device you want to locate (installing the app is not required).
Find My iPhone requires a MobileMe subscription. If you are not a MobileMe member, you can learn more about MobileMe and sign up for the free 60-day trial at http://www.apple.com/mobileme.
Supported languages: English, French, German, Japanese
Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later