Find my iPhone. Silly & idea!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NewGenAdam, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. NewGenAdam macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Silly: the alert ringer changes with the iPhone volume, so if it's turned down, the ringer won't ring. Makes it a little less useful, I think.

    Idea: (mine) I'd like a "remote lock" function, whereby you could lock the phone from your me account and set the password. Not quite going the whole hog and wiping it, but just making your stuff a little safer for now.
  2. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    On the WWDC they said that even if your iPhone is on mute, it will ring.

    ... I think this is a difference between Microsoft and Apple ;)
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop

  4. Shyfe macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2008
    How about an option that turns it to max volume, and plays a sound file saying "I have a stolen iPhone," locking the iPhone in every way with the only way to disable it is to destroy it or drain it of its batteries. That should deter thieves.
  5. Narco220 macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2008
    Its just a gimmick to get more mobileme subscribers :D
  6. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Indeed, it would make more sense to have it tied into the carrier rather than some other MobileMe novelty.
  7. DSG macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008

    Sounds like you probably haven't tried it - so maybe you shouldn't be so dismissive.

    Just tried it with my 2G and, whatever Apple said and for whatever reason, it just vibrated.
  8. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    MobileMe is $5/mo if you buy the $60 package off So, thats cheaper and better than any carrier would offer you. I guarantee that. Plus you get the other MMe features.
  9. NewGenAdam thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    I believe carriers already have similar technologies at their disposal. They can find a phone's location by the cells it's connected to, and also send it messages I suppose. I think some can also lock phones.

    Find My iPhone puts the ability to do this in the consumer's hand. It's fun!
  10. DSG macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Meant to add my own gripe - to use the feature it has to be activated on the iPhone. Unless you have had the foresight (or, like me, the curiosity) then you probably won't have switched it on before you lose your phone and need it. Its good to be able to turn it on/off but it would have been good to have a dialog box alerting you to the fact it is turned off each time you restart the phone.
  11. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    I definitely think it's there to push people towards MobileMe too but I don't see a big downside to it.

    Find My iPhone is great feature and MobileMe offers a bunch of great services that are very useful. However, I wish Apple would make a "Light" version of MobileMe that just pushes e-mail/iCal data and limited harddrive space.
  12. NewGenAdam thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Yes, for the minority of core users that's a non-issue, if a little annoying.
    But for the majority, who don't dig through every single settings page etc, if they do end up losing their phone, it would be annoying.

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