Why no "User Start-up Message" on the unlock screen?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Piggie, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Something that seems rather strange to me.

    A number of past mobile devices I have owned have allowed the user the option of having some text come up on the lock/startup screen in the case of loss.

    It really seems such a simple and logical good idea, I can't understand why Apple don't offer this?

    You know, so you can type something like:

    ==============================

    This device belongs to Joe Reed
    Home Tel: 0811 978 8711
    Mobile Tel: 09912 21121

    If found please contact for reward

    =============================

    That comes up on your home screen.

    So that in the event of misplacing your device and some honest person picks it up, at least they will be able to contact you quickly.

    In the past we had to stick bits of paper with tape to things, but as I said, part mobile devices have allowed the user to enter in some text to be displayed on the startup/lock/boot screen.

    Wonder why Apple don't allow this pretty obvious option?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I just edit the "slide to unlock" text to whatever I want. It works pretty well.
     
  3. Piggie thread starter macrumors 604

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    how?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    I jailbroke it and edit the English strings file.
     
  5. Piggie thread starter macrumors 604

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    Now why did I think you were going to say that !!!!!

    Again, it does seem odd that Apple did not give users the option of a popup window on the lock screen to type in such details.

    If I left my iPad somewhere, the person who picked it up now would not have a clue who it belonged to.

    And I suspect most people are in the same position.
     
  6. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

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    Why don't you just add that text to your Lock Screen Background Image using a graphics editor?
    No need to Jailbreak, and it will show every time your iPad goes into lock mode.
     
  7. StarLog macrumors newbie

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    isn't that the same idea the MobileMe does, it allows you to post a screen message over the lock bar, if you loose it.

    You can also wipe it or just locate it.

    I thought that was now free in ios 4.2 Find my iphone works for ipads.
     
  8. Piggie thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yeah, that was the idea I had actually.

    I may do that.

    Better to be safe than sorry.
     
  9. maturola macrumors 68040

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    Apple does offer this, it just charge you for it (MobileME)

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    There was an app for this, at least for the iPhone. I don't remember what it was called, but you type in a message and it turns it into a wallpaper that you can use for your lockscreen.
     
  11. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Good idea, write to: http://www.apple.com/feedback

    However, the best defense is to always have it on you!

    It's FREE for owners of latest generation iOS devices.
     
  12. Billydelp4 macrumors regular

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    Just download the find my iPhone app in the app store. You login with your iTunes ID and you can remote wipe, lock, or send a message to the screen.


    It's pretty cool since you can locate any iOS products that have the app installed on it with the same iTunes ID.
     
  13. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Create a lockscreen wallpaper with whichever message you want.
     
  14. CavemanUK macrumors 6502

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    not if you have iPhone 4, iPad or last generation iPod Touch.
     
  15. maturola macrumors 68040

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    I got 2 3GS, 2 iP4 and 1 iPad all on my MobileME account, I can sent message to all of them Not sure what are u talking about.
     
  16. whuybr0 macrumors newbie

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    He means it's FREE on those devices. On older devices like iPhone 3G/3GS you cannot create a FREE mobileMe account.
     
  17. maturola macrumors 68040

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    He should've quoted the guy who said that it was free and no me that said it was paid, but if you understood him them I guess it is my loss :cool:
     
  18. rikbrown macrumors regular

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    How do you do this? (The editing, not the jailbreaking - that's done!).
     
  19. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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    The simple, easy, and free method without jailbreaking your device would be to simply create a wallpaper that has the text you want displayed on it and then set it as your lock screen.
     

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