What happens to my iphone5S after I die?

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  1. alvaroe16 macrumors newbie

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    So with the new fingerprint and password combination and the iOS7 password requirement for reactivation... my question is: What happens if I keep my password to my self and I die from natural causes. Can my family do anything with my phone? They won't have my living finger to unblock the phone, they won't know my phone passcode and they wont have my appleid password to reactivate.

    Does the phone die with me?
     
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  3. CAWjr macrumors 6502

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    I'm sure that if you die, the first thing they will be worried about is unlocking your phone so they can reprovision it to one of them.

    But to be safe, they should chop off your hands before burying you.
     
  4. Outrigger macrumors 68000

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    I think the answer is pretty obvious... they would have to put your finger in a cryo chamber and put it in a deep sleep to keep it alive.
     
  5. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    I think a hand transplant would be more effective. :)
     
  6. Kealohilani macrumors 6502

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    The 5s can store other fingerprints in addition to your own to allow them guest access to your phone. So you can always set it up to do that.

    Or they can always unlock your phone real fast during the funeral by holding your finger to it ;)
     
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  8. bbeagle macrumors 68040

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    After 48 hours of the idle time, the iPhone 5s can ONLY be unlocked by the passcode. (You're forced to enter a passcode if you use the fingerprint)
     
  9. Spacial macrumors 6502

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    Death from natural causes gets you into Apple's Hall of Fame.

    Death from a drug overdose gets you into Apple's Hall of Shame.

    Finger print? It becomes useless.


    --- Just Kidding ---- :D
     
  10. thegrants82 macrumors 65816

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    They bury it with you.
     
  11. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, I'm hoping they are up to the iPhone 50S by the time I'm gone.
     
  12. talmy macrumors 601

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    Yep. I've got a list of instructions (in a safe place) which has all of my passwords/passcodes for everything.

    But there are other more pertinent problems. The first is that basically everything you have bought from the App Stores and iTunes Store are *non-transferable* so are legally "burried" with you. :mad:

    The phone itself might be an issue. If it is off contract (you own it) it would be part of your estate, and no problem. If it is under contract, I don't know what would happen. I'd expect that either the ETF would be immediately payable or the phone would go back to the service provider, but I couldn't find anything in the TOS concerning death.
     
  13. billycuth macrumors 6502a

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    I believe it is customary for one to be buried with their iPhone.
     
  14. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    I'm sure a bunch of 99 cent apps will be the least of your families' worries if you were to die.
     
  15. TC03 macrumors 65816

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    The issue is not new.

    What would happen if you were to die and didn't tell your code to anybody?

    Your phone would probably be locked forever. Just like safe codes that are kept secret or passwords from e-mail. Nothing new here.
     
  16. enoughsev macrumors newbie

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    Use a crowbar

    They would probably just use a crowbar considering that gets into locked stuff the easiest....
     
  17. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    No different from using a passcode now. I doubt many people write it down for relatives in case of unexpected death.
     
  18. Azy macrumors regular

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    In the nicest way possible... who cares?

    To my son I leave my 5 bedroom house. To my brother I leave my lineup of very expensive cars. To my mother in law I leave my iPhone 5, the password however i've taken to the grave. Good luck you old goat!
     
  19. asleep macrumors 68040

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    Your iPhone has no soul. It will not join your in iHeaven.

    Steve Jobs will be in iHeaven. You'll spend eternity listening to "you're holding it wrong. Enjoy. :D
     
  20. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Pure speculation, but I'd expect Apple has policies in place where the executor of your estate (with appropriate documentation such as death certificate and letters testamentary) can gain control of your AppleID.

    If there's "stuff" you might not want your family to know about, then best to have a buddy who has all your passwords and explicit instructions about what needs to be wiped. :D

    Good read: http://blog.usa.gov/post/22261234875/social-media-will
     
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  23. ERIC273 macrumors 6502

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    Well, first off, I'm almost sure apple will have like a "oh your finger print isn't recognized, sign in with your apple ID" kind of thing. And also, cannot you restore without a fingerprint auth?
     
  24. atlatnesiti macrumors 6502a

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    It will die with you, but with op topic like this one, hopefully you'll be first to go ;)
     
  25. nefan65 macrumors 65816

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    Your soul wanders in purgatory for all of eternity. It's sad really...
     

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