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…
“The father had an iPad that he’d taken in with him and utilized that iPad with the iPhone that was in the car and was able to track it,” Lt. Wayne Schultz of the Harris County Constable’s Office told KTRK in Houston.
The child was recovered in good condition, along with the SUV.
There have been a number of inventive uses for Apple’s Find My iPhone software, ranging from an eight-year-old who tracked his stolen Christmas iPad (netting a $350,000 burglary ring) to a man who posed as a woman to regain his stolen iPhone.
Although the iPhone is a top target for thieves, the Internet giant Google has developed its own version of Find My iPhone for smartphones powered by its Android mobile software.