“Apple will analyze the recovered iPhone that may hold the key to what happened last summer when two Florida teens disappeared on a boating trip, according to an agreement reached by the teens’ parents in court today,” Emily Shapiro reports for ABC News.
“The recovered iPhone belonged to 14-year-old Austin Stephanos, who went missing while on a boat trip with Perry Cohen, also 14, in July,” Shapiro reports. “The Coast Guard led an eight-day search in the Atlantic, covering 50,000 nautical miles. The boys’ bodies were never found. But Austin’s iPhone was on board when the boys’ boat was recovered last month about 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda.”
“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission gave the recovered iPhone to Austin’s father, Blu Stephanos, but Perry’s mother, Pam Cohen, took the issue to court, fighting to hand the phone over to experts,” Shapiro reports. “At today’s emergency hearing, an attorney for the Stephanos family said, “Apple has already agreed to take in the phone” and analyze it for answers. The phone will be sent to Apple to be analyzed and all evidence will be sealed and sent back to court, according to the agreement reached this afternoon.”
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MacDailyNews Take: In this case, one of the parents is the owner of the iPhone, likely have the password required, and have given permission for Apple to unlock it.
Likely, Apple will be analyzing the iPhone for GPS coordinates, among other pertinent data.