Jun 172009

One of the big draws of the “Find My iPhone” feature of the new iPhone 3.0 software is supposed to be the ability to track the location of your phone in the event that it’s stolen.   Even if you’re not going to out and out Charles Bronson the punk, you can at least send threatening messages with the phone’s location via the MobileMe web portal or give the information to the police so they’ll have a general idea of where to look for it if they gave a shit.

But if the thief accesses your MobileMe account under the “Mail, Contacts and Calendar” portion of “Settings” and simply toggles “Find My iPhone” from “on” to “off”‚ there goes a lot of the utility of “Find My iPhone”.

Hey Apple: how bout locking the toggle with your MobileMe password?  I realize we can send threatening messages…

“…I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you give my iPhone back now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”


I realize we can wipe the phone remotely.  But allowing any moron to deny me the benefit of that extra information especially when it would be easy to password protect it, isn’t too much to ask.

  2 Responses to “I Can Find My iPhone: Unless You’ve Stolen It”

  1. I hear ya: I’d expect this kind of idiocy from Microsoft… but for this kind of oversight out of Cupertino?!?!

    /hugs my Mobile-Me-less 3G iPhone

  2. You know‚ every time I read that post‚ it sounds stupider. Which I’m sure is your nefarious way of telling me so. Point taken. :)

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