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

Discussion in 'iPad' started by AnthonySmith, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. AnthonySmith macrumors 6502

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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?
     
  2. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816

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    Is there an apple id associated to it or some other identifier?
     
  3. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  4. AnthonySmith thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not that I can find, I don't think.

    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.
     
  5. kmj2318 macrumors 68000

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  6. AnthonySmith thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can't tell is Sirious?
     
  7. Badrottie Suspended

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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:
     
  8. 1968 macrumors regular

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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.
     
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    Ok then turn it over to Apple store they know passcode anyway. :apple:
     
  10. Medic311 macrumors 68000

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    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.
     
  11. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    How could you have it connected to your wifi if there's a passcode....?
     
  12. charlituna macrumors G3

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    no they don't. The best they could perhaps do is pull the serial off the back and if the owner ever brought it in for service they would have an email and maybe a phone number
     
  13. chupachup, Sep 19, 2014
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    chupachup macrumors 6502

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    Are you kidding?

    You restart it on DFU mode. Reload. Done.
     
  14. bruinsrme macrumors 603

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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.
     
  15. fruitpunch.ben macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. Take it to the police. If no one claims it within a certain amount of time (3 or 6 months, I think) it will revert back to you anyway. And at least you've done your best!
     
  16. preyan macrumors 6502

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    I am wondering the same thing! You first need the passcode to enter the device before searching for a wifi network and joining it.
     
  17. Peace macrumors Core

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    Very good question. I'd like to see the OP answer this.
     
  18. Domen151 macrumors regular

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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...
     
  19. Peace macrumors Core

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    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.
     
  20. mw360 macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  21. bruinsrme macrumors 603

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    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.
     
  22. charlyham macrumors regular

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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.

     
  23. chupachup macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  24. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    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.
     
  25. Nozuka, Sep 20, 2014
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    Nozuka macrumors 68000

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    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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