Find my iPhone, please!

Complete your iPad experience with ZAGGmate!“I’m bummed. I lost my iPhone 4 (32GB) at Disney Hollywood Studios this weekend and it didn’t turn up in either guest relations or at Disney lost and found,” Jason D. O’Grady reports for ZDNet.

“Luckily, I’m a subscriber to MobileMe, Apple’s $99/year service which includes a handy feature called Find My iPhone. Saturday night, after losing my iPhone, I logged into and immediately had chills running down my spine,” O’Grady reports. “My iPhone wasn’t on the Hollywood Studios property (or any Disney property for that matter) but instead in an apartment complex about 15 minutes north.”

O’Grady reports, “My first instinct was to arm myself and retrieve my stolen property, old-school style. Luckily, I took a deep breath and instead decided to use a little tact in my pursuit… On Sunday night, I checked Find My iPhone and got chills again. My iPhone had moved from the apartment complex to a supermarket parking lot about two miles away.”

Full article, in which O’Grady asks readers what to do next, here.

MacDailyNews Take: Send a Push Notification that states: “The Orlando Police Department is currently tracking you. Leave the stolen iPhone at the supermarket’s service desk and walk away now or face arrest.” If that doesn’t work, continue tracking and sending Push Notifications that prove that you know the exact location of the person carrying the stolen iPhone at all times. Every two minutes. And, if that still doesn’t work – hello? – tell the police that you’re tracking your stolen iPhone 4, so they can go get it back for you.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. I disagree – sending notifications only serves to warn the person with the iPhone that they are being tracked. turning off location services and or the iPhone itself are two ways to easily defeat the tracking.

  2. Hollywood Florida, it is an actual location and one here in Cali too.

    How about taking his arse to the police station and show them the location. They can dispatch a patrol car. Better that is moving so it has a loction to reference to.

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  3. Do what they did on Burn Notice. Follow the location, and start writing down all the cars you see (remember faces too). Sooner or later you will start to see a repeat vehicle. Your job will be easier if you can get the signal in a less crowded area. Michael Weston would be proud. Also as mentioned above, don’t send a message! I would bring a gun so you can force return. If it where me I would knee cap him once he returns your phone.

  4. The FIRST thing I would do is lock the phone. That way they can’t turn off location services, but of course they can still turn the phone off altogether.

    I would contact the police immediately. You’ve only got a day or two before the batteries die (and I suspect they didn’t walk off with your charger as well). Hopefully the police will help you in tracking down the phone.

    Once you & the police have the location narrowed down to a manageable area, then you can post a message on the screen saying “You are surrounded. Place the iPhone on the ground and walk away slowly with your hands on your head. No sudden moves.” I’d love to see the guy’s face if you did that.

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