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How to find the owner of an ipad that my dad found?

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fetta Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 1, 2010 11:37 AM
Hello,
my dad found an ipad about 20 days ago (wifi-3G). He didn't know what it was. Back from his trip, my sister bought a power cord to see if she could find information about the owner but the device looks blocked, deactivated, I don't know how to say it (I don't have the ipad in my hands, and English is not my first language .
I called the airport where it was lost, and I haven't heard back from them.
I called Apple, left the ipad serial number and reported the find, I haven't heard from them either yet (this happened today though).
My guess is that the owner thought it was lost (after 20 days) and wiped it off? Deactivated it? Or what else? I told my sister to leave it on. It just got a message that says: Welcome to roaming international... etc etc (what does it mean, other than it's in a different country? that it's working?)

Anyway, do you think there is a way to ever return the ipad to the legit owner?

For obvious reasons I am not going to post the serial number here
I only wish that when I called Apple, they would match the serial number with the owner and give me the contact. Think this will happen?
Thanks
  • Robert Sandhaus Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 11:43 AM (in response to fetta)
    When I found an iPod, I did what you did -- called Apple and provided the serial number and left my contact info. Within a week, I received an email from the previous owner who was overjoyed that his unit had been found. I mailed it to him and everyone lived happily ever after. So I expect you'll likely hear from the owner.
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,575 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 12:00 PM (in response to fetta)
    You should also, if you haven't already, report the finding to the police in the area where your father found the iPad, just in case the owner happened to file a lost item report.

    I only wish that when I called Apple, they would match the serial number with the owner and give me the contact. Think this will happen?

    Apple for privacy reasons could not give you that information. They have no way of knowing that you are indeed honest and are not trying to contact the owner for some illegitimate purpose. If Apple contacts anyone, it will be the owner directly.

    Regards.
    iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,485 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 12:07 PM (in response to fetta)
    I only wish that when I called Apple, they would match the serial number with the owner and give me the contact

    Hopefully you left Apple your contact info (name phone #, email address).
    Apple would simply pass your contact to the last registered owner. It would be up to the owner to contact you. As Dave mentioned, Apple will not give you any info (except may to tell you it was or was not registered, but not to who). Turn it on once in a while and maybe they have activated FindMyiPad and a message will pop up (don't need to be logged onto the iPad to a message).
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.5), silver mini, blue mini, green shuffle, iTunes 10, 32GB wifi iPad
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,575 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 12:16 PM (in response to fetta)
    If it was found in the Amsterdam airport and you called the airport and reported it to their lost and found department, that should be sufficient.

    Regards.
    iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,485 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 12:38 PM (in response to fetta)
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    If a specific post solved it for you, click Solved at the top of the correct post. Only one post per question can be Solved.
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    You can use any/all/none you want but you should at least mark the question as Answered.
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  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,485 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 2:25 PM (in response to fetta)
    Good karma to you for being honest.

    A good reason to make sure you products are registered.
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.5), silver mini, blue mini, green shuffle, iTunes 10, 32GB wifi iPad
  • iPadKisser Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 2:40 PM (in response to fetta)
    I think i have a solution, if Apple took along timr and didnt find the owner, you can somehow unlock the ipad, and check the owners Email, and then contact him through the registered email on his lost ipad, remember , unlocking is breaking his privacy, but its the last solution to reach the owner.
    Ipad, iOS 4
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,575 points)
    Sorry, but that won't be possible. A locked iPad cannot be unlocked without doing a restore on it, and that erases all the data on the device.
    iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM
  • iPadKisser Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    You might be right, but there is "an under table illegal ways to get it unlocked" i dont know how, but ive seen shops in my country set posters " Unlock your ipad, iphone or blackberry" . So maybe its possible then.
    Ipad, iOS 4
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