iPad mini Silly iPad! Find my iPhone issue...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tl01, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. tl01, Jul 20, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2013

    macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    My iPad mini almost gave me a heart attack last night. We usually take our minis to dinner and the kids watch or play with them during dinner. Last night, we left quickly and I only had my mini in my purse. My son asked to use it so I obliged. When I got home. I looked for my iPad... It wasn't in the purse. I went to find my iPhone and looked for it and for the first time it was gone. All my other devices were there. I freaked out... Called the restaurant where we eat at least twice a week...they know us well... It wasn't there. My husband went back and looked too. He came back and while I got the kids ready for bed, he looked all over the house. He found it in or playroom. I guess I had put it in my purse and not realized it since I had a bunch of things to pack up at the table and one of my little critters must have taken it out of my purse when I got home. I'm feeling a little guilty that I felt so angry that someone had taken it and not turned it in... But when it didn't show up on find my iPhone... I assumed someone had turned it off.

    Anyway... I'm thrilled it is found but am wondering why it didn't show up on my account. It was in a spot where it had plenty of reception? I had marked it to notify me when it was found and as soon as we turned it on it notified me.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
  3. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    By "turned it on" do you mean you woke it from sleep, or was it completely off? If it was completely off, of course it wouldn't show up in Find My iPhone.
  4. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    Uhh... Did you read the whole thing? Or were you skimming...


    Sorry... It was just asleep.. Put to sleep with a Smart Cover. When we opened it is when it sent the message it was found.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Northeast USA
    This deals with power management on iOS devices. They will remain connected to wifi networks as long as they are plugged in to a power source, but things get iffy when they're running on battery power. The wifi connection shuts off and presumably comes back on for updates at various times. The specifics are probably available somewhere online.

    My guess is that it depends on the device and also the device's remaining battery power. I note that my iPhone will disconnect from the wifi network after a few minutes, reconnecting when I activate the screen. My iPads seem to always be connected, but I rarely allow the battery to reach a low level.
  6. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    Interesting. I hadn't noticed this before. It had about 40% battery. Usually when I look up my devices it always shows them when they were on in the house. Perhaps it was a temporary glitch. Sort of defeated its purpose in the time of need;).
  7. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    What type of ipad?

    Does the restraunt have wifi?

    How long was the ipad at home?
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    iPad mini. The restaurant does have wifi but I didn't connect to it. The iPad was at home for about 1 hour before we found it.
  9. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    There is/was the issue. Being off wifi for that time period would knock its tracking off. When u got home I'm guessing that the kids didn't remove it from your bag because it hadn't been woken to search for wifi.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Jun 6, 2010
    I turned off at "kids with Minis at dinner" purely because of my opinions on this.
  11. macrumors 68030

    May 3, 2010
    When the alternative is screaming fidgety kids disturbing neighboring diners I'm all for iPads at dinner. Not every child can exercise self-control for an entire meal out without a diversion (mine certainly couldn't, but they didn't have distracting toys when they were kids).

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