Aside from all the new features that will be coming with today’s release of iOS 4.2, Apple will also be making the Find My iPhone feature free for all the latest iDevices using the 4.2 update. Previously, Find My iPhone was only available to MobileMe subscribers, a service that costs $99 a year.
Find My iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — the MobileMe feature that helps you locate your missing device and protect its data — is now free on any iPhone 4, iPad, or fourth-generation iPod touch running iOS 4.2. Once you set it up, you can find your lost device on a map, display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock, and initiate a remote wipe to delete your data. And if you eventually find your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can restore everything from your last backup.
Once you’ve setup Find My iPhone your iDevice, you can either use Apple’s Me.com website or the Find My iPhone app to locate and enable different settings for your lost iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. For instructions on how to get started, check out the step-by-step instructions from Apple. Intro video can also be found after the gap.