Apple drops Google Maps for own maps in a new beta of the Find My iPhone web app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

It would seem that Google gave way to Apple Maps on the web in a new Find My iPhone beta, which was released yesterday alongside iOS 8 Beta 3 and the third OS X Yosemite Developer Preview.

At the time of this writing, the change appeared to affect Apple’s Find My iPhone beta on the web, which has switched from Google Maps tiles to an Apple Maps backend. For those wondering, the native iOS app stopped using Google Maps in 2012… Read More


New Apple TV, Find My iPhone and Find My Friends betas also available

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014

As Apple seeds a third beta of both iOS 8 (build 12A4318c) and OS X Yosemite Developer Preview (build 14A283j) to developers, we’re dutifully updating our articles with a running list of changes.

In the meantime, new betas of the accompanying Apple TV firmware – as well as Find My iPhone and Find My Friends betas – are now available to Apple’s registered iOS developers through the company’s Dev Center… Read More


Find My iPhone in iOS 8 introduces ‘Send Last Location’ feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 4, 2014

Find My iPhone is a great way to locate your lost or misplaced device – that is, unless a thief was smart enough to find a way to disable it right after you’ve been mugged and your device has been taken from you.

Additionally, if the person has shut down your device or it has run out of battery charge, Apple’s free Find My iPhone app will only display its last known location for up to 24 hours.

The same goes for the web interface over at After the 24 hour cut-off period, you’re basically unable to locate the device on a world map until it has been restarted and has established a network connection… Read More


Apple says Australian iOS device attacks not caused by iCloud breach

By Cody Lee on May 28, 2014

On Monday, a number of iOS and Mac users came forward with complaints that their devices had been remotely locked by hackers. In most of the cases, a message appeared via Find My iPhone on the locked devices, demanding payment for the hack to be reversed.

As far as we can tell, the attacks have been concentrated on Mac and iOS products in Australia. And among the various theories of how the hackers were able to set a remote lock has been the fear that iCloud was breached. But Apple says it hasn’t been compromised… Read More


Some iOS devices hijacked and held hostage in Australia

By Joe Rossignol on May 27, 2014

A growing number of iPhone, iPad and Mac users in Australia are turning to the Apple Support Communities and Twitter to report incidents of their device being remotely locked through iCloud. In some cases, a fraudulent message appears through the Find my iPhone service demanding payment between $50 and $100 to someone named Oleg Pliss for the device to be unlocked…  Read More


iOS 7 bug discovered that allows disabling of ‘Find My iPhone’ without password

By Cody Lee on Feb 6, 2014

A major flaw has been discovered in iOS 7 that seemingly allows users to disable the important ‘Find My iPhone’ feature on a device without typing in the typically-required password. Turning off the feature on a stolen device makes it invisible to Apple’s location service.

And what’s worse is, the flaw isn’t difficult to exploit. The bug can be reproduced on any device [that we've seen] running iOS 7.0.4 by following a few simple steps that involve making changes in the iCloud section of the Settings app and entering in a dummy password… Read More


Apple updates Trailers, Podcasts and Find My iPhone apps for iOS 7

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Earlier today, Apple announced that it would be updating 20 of its apps for iOS and Mac. We’ve already covered a number of these updates, including those for the iWork and iLife suites, and now it’s time for some iOS-specific apps.

Trailers, Podcasts, and Find My iPhone have each been updated for iOS 7. They have all been redesigned to match the new iOS with flatter UI elements and thinner fonts, and we have screenshots and download links after the fold… Read More


Apple’s Find My iPhone helps recover 5-year-old in stolen SUV

By Ed Sutherland on Sep 12, 2013

Here’s a use for the iPhone Apple may not have considered: do-it-yourself lojack. Thanks to the company’s Find My iPhone app for iOS devices, Houston, Texas police Monday night recovered a five-year-old boy. Police say the father used his iPad to track the Apple smartphone that was in a stolen SUV which held the child. According to ABC 13, Houston police then used the information to track the family vehicle, stolen while the father went into a Houston liquor store Monday… Read More


Apple updates Find My Friends and Find My iPhone ahead of iOS 7 release

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2013

With less than three weeks left until Apple’s big Fall reveal, the company has started updating some of its own apps on the App Store to bring them more in line with the all-new iOS 7 look.

Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps have both been updated with bug fixes and stability improvements, but no new features have been added and the design remained unchanged.

Find My iPhone is particularly interesting. Not only has the update broken the app for non-developers, but the software now comes with a brand new flattened icon which essentially mimics its counterpart on the recently revamped iCloud Beta website. More findings right below… Read More


Google unveils Android Device Manager, its own version of Find My iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2013

Google has just filled another missing link in its Android software by introducing a feature which allows users to find their misplaced or stolen device on a world map, wipe its contents remotely, send alerts and more. If the announcement sounds a lot like Apple’s Find My iPhone app, you’re right, it does – though you’d be hard-pressed to argue against giving Android users the ability to track down their precious gear.

Called Android Device Manager, in true Google fashion it’s a web-based tool that works much like the Find My iPhone iOS app + iCloud web interface combo from Apple… Read More


Is Apple doing enough to help prevent iPhone thefts?

By Cody Lee on May 2, 2013

Last fall, the U.S. national database for stolen cell phones went live. The goal of the database, which was a joint venture between several carriers, was to make it harder for stolen handsets to be activated on US networks.

But according to a new report, the database is having little effect on the growing rate of cell phone thefts. And law enforcement officials are starting to look at handset makers to come up with a technological solution…

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Glitch in Sprint’s GPS service points Find My iPhone users to innocent man’s house

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2013

Imagine you are awoken in the middle of the night by someone pounding loudly at your door. It’s a man and his girlfriend, and they’re upset because someone just stole her iPhone, and the Find My iPhone app led them straight to your house. Now imagine this is a regular occurrence.

Unfortunately for Wayne Dobson, he doesn’t have to imagine. Due to a glitch in Sprint’s location-tracking services, phone finding apps have been sending owners of missing iPhones and other handsets, as well as police, to Dobson’s home in North Las Vegas for the past two years… Read More


Beware, thieves want your ID to buy iPhones

By Ed Sutherland on Jan 7, 2013

Apple’s iPhone for thieves is like a bar of gold with earbuds. The smartphone has been blamed for a rise in urban crime, been the target of mafia heists – even fostered one iPhone owner to launch an online sting operation. Now comes word thieves have found a more direct route to your iPhone – your identity.

Identity theft is now the hottest way to buy an iPhone and stick you with the bill. The key is instant credit used by Apple to provide online financing to purchase an iPhone, Mac or other iDevice. The typical bill from ID theft of Apple products averages between $1,500 to $2,000, according to a fraud investigator who talked with Reuters… Read More


Posing as a chick, musician offers an iPhone thief a date

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2013

Apple’s underappreciated Find My iPhone app (BTW, shouldn’t it be called ‘Find My iOS Device’ instead?) has seen some clever uses that went a long way toward retrieving stolen iPhones and iPads. But punk trombonist Nadav Nirenberg took it to the next level when he posed as a women in order to lure an unsuspecting thief who stole his iPhone into a trap. According to media reports, holding a hammer in his hand, Nadav was patiently awaiting for the thief to arrive at his apartment to arrange an exchange… Read More


NYC Mayor: iPhones thefts responsible for crime increase

By Ed Sutherland on Dec 28, 2012

That iPhone you’re carrying on the New York City subway, well someone else likes it: thieves. Indeed, the Apple device is so popular with Big Apple thieves the mayor is blaming the gadget for a rise in the city’s crime rate. Mayor Michael Bloomberg told his radio audience some tactics for preventing your iPhone becoming the 3,891st Apple device stolen in 2012. Among the suggestions: tight clothes… Read More


How to use the new Find My iPhone app

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 20, 2012

Yesterday, buried amongst updates to a slew of Apple developed apps, was an update to Find My iPhone. With the update comes a new look and feel, that’s similar to Find My Friends, and a new Lost Mode to help track down lost iCloud enabled devices.

Apple has made it really simple to go about tracking a lost device, protecting the data from prying eyes, and communicating with whomever may have found said device.

Check inside, as we go hands-on with the new Find My iPhone, along with a detailed video showcasing the new Lost Mode. Read More


Apple updates iLife, iWork and other iOS utils

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2012

With today’s release of iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2, Apple has updated its Podcasts app with support for iCloud subscription syncing. Just a few minutes later, updates to Apple’s other apps went live in iTunes, including iLife and iWork apps and utils like Find My Friends, Remote, AirPort Utility and more. With so many third-party apps being updated for iOS 6 support as we speak, you may want to prioritize your downloads. Here’s what’s new in Apple’s own updated apps for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad… Read More


AT&T launching new smartphone anti-theft service on Tuesday

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2012

Apple’s Find My iPhone service is rather convenient for finding a lost device, but it falls short in theft prevention. See, thieves have figured out by now they simply need to shut down a stolen device to stop Find My iPhone.

Cabel Sasser thought of an interesting solution – a “Shutdown Requires PIN” feature in iOS Settings – and carrier AT&T’s also been tackling this problem for some time.

It looks like the nation’s leading carrier, which sold 17.5 million iPhones last year, has indeed come up with an effective remedy that might keep iPhone thieves on the grid longer: a block list of sorts on the network end… Read More


Thieving Christmas Scrooge Gets Caught By Stealing Neighbor’s iPad

By Oliver Haslam on Dec 29, 2011

This isn’t the first time that Apple’s Find my iPhone service has helped to recover a lost device, but with Christmas involved in this particular story (as well as a resoundingly happy ending) we thought we would share it.

At around 3:30am on Christmas morning, a Westlake Village man was awoken by the noise of a burglar stealing Christmas gifts from his house. Amongst them was an iPad, which had, thankfully, already been activated and set up with an Apple ID. After a short foot chase the thief got away, but not for long.

The next morning, the owner of the iPad set about tracking the device and discovered that it was only a few doors away… Read More


Dumb Burglar Leaves iPhone at Crime Scene, Inevitably Gets Caught by Police

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2011

Here’s a little lesson to all the would-be criminals out there: If you are going to break into your ex-girlfriend’s house, don’t leave your iPhone behind as evidence. While most of us consider that common sense, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Mr. Jason Scott Davis.

The 34-year-old Northern Californian is in custody as the prime suspect of a late-May home invasion. Authorities arrested Davis after discovering his iPhone in his girlfriend’s bathtub the night of the robbery… Read More

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