Apple’s Find My iPhone Feature now Free

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 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.

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Apple releases ‘Find My iPhone’ app: Locate your lost or stolen iPhone and iPad

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.

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