9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2012 6:05 AM by ablediver
ablediver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

After you lose your Ipad,  I realize that if someone turns it on,   What happens:

A.     Do they have to attempt to go on the Web for the locator to find it?

B.     If you lock the Ipad,  Will the locator still find it?

C.     Suggestion,   Why is there not a way to "ping" (send a signal out) to elicit a response?

D.     Suggestion,    Why is there not a way to set a time limit (with repetition) after which if not activated, that a locator signal would be sent out?

E.     Are ther apps that accomplish any of this?  

 

Help!!!   I want my Ipad back.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,325 points)

    If stolen, change your iTunes (Apple ID) password along with any other password that was stored in the iPod.  If any passwords are associated with credit cards, contact the CC company and get your card replaced (with a new number).  If any passwords are associated with your bank or any savings institution, contact them also and discuss approprate action with them.

     

     

    The "Find my..." function is pretty much useless if the device is in the hands of a thief.  All that is necessary is for the thief to connect to any computer with iTunes and "Restore as new."

     

    The only real protection you have is with the personal information on the device rather than the physical device itself.  If you are particularly concerned about theft, your iPad should have a strong 8-digit (or longer) password AND be configured for automatic wipe in the event of ten consecutive incorrect password entries.

     

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (46,535 points)

    iOS 5: Understanding Location Services

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4995

     

    Find a Lost iPhone: Putting Tracking Apps to the Test

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/230846/find_a_lost_iphone_putting_tracking_apps_t o_the_test.html

     

     Cheers, Tom

  • ablediver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the information.   Unfortunately you confirmed my findings that this app: "find my  Ipad" is just a toy.

     

      I wonder why Apple has not developed this into a real function,   by adding:  seeking by pinging,   Repeating calls and recording locations,   taking the photo of those using it and sending it out automatically. etc.  and by adding the ability to have it render sounds, once you are within a given radius.

     

         While I can understand not including a limited Cellular feature in the base model,  how much would it be to add the simple GPS function of a feedback signal?

     

         Furthermore,  does anyone know what it would take to develope a petition process by which the sheer numbers of people demanding a function would be enough to get Apple or someone to develop it?

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,325 points)

    ablediver wrote:

     

    Thank you for the information.   Unfortunately you confirmed my findings that this app: "find my  Ipad" is just a toy.

    Actually, it's a valuable tool for an iPad that has been lost.  It was not intended for use with stolen iPads.

     

     

    ablediver wrote:

     

    I wonder why Apple has not developed this into a real function,   by adding:  seeking by pinging,   Repeating calls and recording locations,   taking the photo of those using it and sending it out automatically. etc.  and by adding the ability to have it render sounds, once you are within a given radius.

    That's a lot of functionality simply to protect those that are careless with their iPads.

     

     

    ablediver wrote:

     

    While I can understand not including a limited Cellular feature in the base model,  how much would it be to add the simple GPS function of a feedback signal?

    They did.  It's called the "WiFi+3G" model.

     

     

    ablediver wrote:

     

    Furthermore,  does anyone know what it would take to develope a petition process by which the sheer numbers of people demanding a function would be enough to get Apple or someone to develop it?

    Exactly what are the "sheer numbers of people demanding" that function?

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (43,290 points)

    ablediver wrote:

     

    Furthermore, does anyone know what it would take to develope a petition process by which the sheer numbers of people demanding a function would be enough to get Apple or someone to develop it?

    Apple already has a mechanism for making your desires known already in place:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 Level 8 (37,485 points)

    Philly_Phan wrote:

     

    Exactly what are the "sheer numbers of people demanding" that function?

    Certainly not here. These people are lucky that Apple cares enough to provide them with Find my iPad. That's not the case with other OS.

     

  • ablediver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi Philly:

     

    First of all,  I was not careless, nor do I expect  are the many others who have their Ipads taken to unknown destinations.

    To respond to your other comments;

     

    A.     I realize that 3g cellular function would fill in a lot of gaps,  but is that really necessary  or cost effective?   What about the GPS functionality?   The auto device finds the car easily enough.

     

    B.     I do not have any idea how many people it would take to persuade Apple to develop a more useful feature.  I guess  we will have to wait and see if anyone adds their name to this discussion

          As to there present "feedback" process,  If you read the lable, you will note that they do not respond.  So it is like beating your head against a brick wall.   It only feels good when you stop!

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 Level 8 (37,485 points)

    I understand that you read that Apple does not respond to your feedback. This is true, but they will still read it and consider it. It's worth a shot in my opinion.

     

    I am sure you were not careless with your iPad, but you also have to understand that Apple is not responsible for your loss. They were kind enough to offer you the Find my iPad feature. If Apple wanted to, they could all drop what they're doing and go chase down every lost or stolen Apple device. But they don't want to do that.

     

    I also noticed that your original questions did not get answered.

     

    • They do not need to access the web for you to be able to track it. The iPad just needs to be connected to a network.
    • You can still track it if the iPad is in sleep mode as long as the connection is maintained.
    • Apple does not read through these forums, so you would be better off submitting it to http://apple.com/feedback/.
  • ablediver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the clarification,  I had sent my ideas to Feedback.    just got a call from a stranger.  hopefully it is about my Ipad.   Can't wait till I can reach her.