Resolved So I've had this iPad that I found...

AnthonySmith

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Hey everyone!

So about 3 weeks ago I found this iPad in my apartment complex. It was really odd.

I went to get the mail and it was sitting on top of the trash can (!) with it's leather folio case open. I looked around for a few minutes and thought, is this some sting operation?

Someone else came to get their mail and I said are you missing something and they looked at me like I was crazy.

So the next day I put up fliers at both of the mail stations in my apartment complex. I didn't want to give it away and have random people claiming it's their iPad. So the flier simply said...

"FOUND: VERY VALUABLE ITEM!!! PLEASE CONTACT XXX XXX-XXXX"

It has since been over 2 weeks and nobody has claimed it. I was going to maybe search through the contacts and get in touch with whomever they've most recently contacted, but it has a passcode. I've had it on my WiFi the entire time so they could track it down via 'Find My iPhone'.

Still nothing.

What do I do next? I'm tempted to just keep it? It's a white Mini. I already have an Air so I don't really have a use for it.

What should I do?
 

sporadicMotion

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Hey everyone!

So about 3 weeks ago I found this iPad in my apartment complex. It was really odd.

I went to get the mail and it was sitting on top of the trash can (!) with it's leather folio case open. I looked around for a few minutes and thought, is this some sting operation?

Someone else came to get their mail and I said are you missing something and they looked at me like I was crazy.

So the next day I put up fliers at both of the mail stations in my apartment complex. I didn't want to give it away and have random people claiming it's their iPad. So the flier simply said...

"FOUND: VERY VALUABLE ITEM!!! PLEASE CONTACT XXX XXX-XXXX"

It has since been over 2 weeks and nobody has claimed it. I was going to maybe search through the contacts and get in touch with whomever they've most recently contacted, but it has a passcode. I've had it on my WiFi the entire time so they could track it down via 'Find My iPhone'.

Still nothing.

What do I do next? I'm tempted to just keep it? It's a white Mini. I already have an Air so I don't really have a use for it.

What should I do?
Is there an apple id associated to it or some other identifier?
 

NewbieCanada

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I think you've done all that could be reasonably expected. Since there's a pass code on it anyway, you could put up a flyer saying what it is, or saying it's an iPad without specifying model or colour.

Are your mailboxes before the inner door? If so it could have been someone coming to visit/deliver who hasn't come back and never saw your notices.
 

AnthonySmith

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Is there an apple id associated to it or some other identifier?
Not that I can find, I don't think.

I think you've done all that could be reasonably expected. Since there's a pass code on it anyway, you could put up a flyer saying what it is, or saying it's an iPad without specifying model or colour.

Are your mailboxes before the inner door? If so it could have been someone coming to visit/deliver who hasn't come back and never saw your notices.
The mailboxes are all outdoor, they're actually condominiums.

I figure if someone lost it they could come back in and see my flier. It's really odd.
 

1968

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Turn it over to Police if you want to be honest person. Keep it means you are stealing. I guess. :apple:
Nonsense. The OP has already shown honesty. He is stealing nothing. If he gives it to the police and they can't find the owner and it sits in their property room forever, does that mean they're stealing it?

Regardless of all that, with a passcode lock, it's useless to anyone but the owner anyway.
 

Badrottie

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Nonsense. The OP has already shown honesty. He is stealing nothing. If he gives it to the police and they can't find the owner and it sits in their property room forever, does that mean they're stealing it?

Regardless of all that, with a passcode lock, it's useless to anyone but the owner anyway.
Ok then turn it over to Apple store they know passcode anyway. :apple:
 

Medic311

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Turn it over to Police if you want to be honest person. Keep it means you are stealing. I guess. :apple:
wrong. the law states there must be a reasonable effort to return the item to its original owner, which he did. there is no law that says it has to be turned over to the police.
 
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WilliamG

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Hey everyone!

So about 3 weeks ago I found this iPad in my apartment complex. It was really odd.

I went to get the mail and it was sitting on top of the trash can (!) with it's leather folio case open. I looked around for a few minutes and thought, is this some sting operation?

Someone else came to get their mail and I said are you missing something and they looked at me like I was crazy.

So the next day I put up fliers at both of the mail stations in my apartment complex. I didn't want to give it away and have random people claiming it's their iPad. So the flier simply said...

"FOUND: VERY VALUABLE ITEM!!! PLEASE CONTACT XXX XXX-XXXX"

It has since been over 2 weeks and nobody has claimed it. I was going to maybe search through the contacts and get in touch with whomever they've most recently contacted, but it has a passcode. I've had it on my WiFi the entire time so they could track it down via 'Find My iPhone'.

Still nothing.

What do I do next? I'm tempted to just keep it? It's a white Mini. I already have an Air so I don't really have a use for it.

What should I do?
How could you have it connected to your wifi if there's a passcode....?
 
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chupachup

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Nonsense. The OP has already shown honesty. He is stealing nothing. If he gives it to the police and they can't find the owner and it sits in their property room forever, does that mean they're stealing it?

Regardless of all that, with a passcode lock, it's useless to anyone but the owner anyway.
Are you kidding?

You restart it on DFU mode. Reload. Done.
 
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bruinsrme

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Enjoy it. If you feel you have made an honest attempt in trying to locate the owner, I don't see any wrong doing on your behalf.
 
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Peace

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The control center is accessible from the lock screen even with passcode enabled, and if there's a open Wi-Fi, you don't actually have to unlock the iPad, it automatically connects...
That may be true but the OP said :

"It has since been over 2 weeks and nobody has claimed it. I was going to maybe search through the contacts and get in touch with whomever they've most recently contacted, but it has a passcode. I've had it on my WiFi the entire time so they could track it down via 'Find My iPhone'."

He has implied he is connecting it to his WiFi.
 

mw360

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Enjoy it. If you feel you have made an honest attempt in trying to locate the owner, I don't see any wrong doing on your behalf.
The item could have been stolen and dumped by a thief for whatever reason.
Giving it to the police is the only way it will make its way back home in that circumstance, and it may also help apprehend the thief.
 

bruinsrme

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The item could have been stolen and dumped by a thief for whatever reason.
Giving it to the police is the only way it will make its way back home in that circumstance, and it may also help apprehend the thief.
How many police departments allocate resources to lost phones or tablets?

Wouldn't be nice if you mailed it to or brought it to apple and they contact the registered owner. Since they won't tell anyone, even police.
 
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charlyham

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Can you call Apple support and give them the serial number and tell them this story. Maybe they can track the ipad to its owner through the S/N and let them know to get in touch with you.

Hey everyone!

So about 3 weeks ago I found this iPad in my apartment complex. It was really odd.

I went to get the mail and it was sitting on top of the trash can (!) with it's leather folio case open. I looked around for a few minutes and thought, is this some sting operation?

Someone else came to get their mail and I said are you missing something and they looked at me like I was crazy.

So the next day I put up fliers at both of the mail stations in my apartment complex. I didn't want to give it away and have random people claiming it's their iPad. So the flier simply said...

"FOUND: VERY VALUABLE ITEM!!! PLEASE CONTACT XXX XXX-XXXX"

It has since been over 2 weeks and nobody has claimed it. I was going to maybe search through the contacts and get in touch with whomever they've most recently contacted, but it has a passcode. I've had it on my WiFi the entire time so they could track it down via 'Find My iPhone'.

Still nothing.

What do I do next? I'm tempted to just keep it? It's a white Mini. I already have an Air so I don't really have a use for it.

What should I do?
 

WilliamG

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Mar 29, 2008
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How do you think people find lost iPhones and iPads through find my iPhone if it can't connect to WiFi.
Nowadays? Over 3G, LTE, or EDGE. If it's a wifi iPad, they don't, unless it's connected a known wifi network, - which in this case it wouldn't be.
 

Nozuka

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I didn't want to give it away and have random people claiming it's their iPad. So the flier simply said...
"FOUND: VERY VALUABLE ITEM!!! PLEASE CONTACT XXX XXX-XXXX"
that just sounds like you don't want anyone to actually come and get their ipad back.

if it has a passcode its very easy to verify if this is indeed this persons ipad.

so just put up a note saying you found an ipad. and if no one with the right passcode gets in touch with you keep it.
 
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