Originally Posted by solipsism
That's the thing, unless they try up to 10,000 possible PIN combinations they aren't going to get into my device to connect it to a WiFi network. And it's unlikely it'll auto-connect to an open-WiFi network that doesn't have a splash-screen, like Starbucks.
Since I doubt anyone would go to that much trouble over simply wiping the device the only real option I have is reporting it stolen and getting my device ID on some list on Apple's servers so if they take it in for repair some flag comes up. But I won't bother with that since I lost it, it wasn't directly
stolen, and I had no info on the screen or casing to indicate how to get in touch with the owner.
I will definitely be getting the 3G model next time and paying AT&T for their cellular service each month, but my iPad usage needs have also grown and I'll be getting the most expensive model, too, not the least expensive like I did with my iPad 2.
I see the problem now. You're right that if it's locked with the PIN code, then that would be problematic.
Now that you mention it, I can actually see the argument for not locking an iPad.
If somebody steals or finds somebody's iPad, then you actually want them to get easy access to it! You want them to get online, so that you can easily track it or locate it. You can still remote wipe it later if you want and they won't have your Apple ID, so they can't buy or order anything on your card.
I have never used a lock code for my iPad, and after reading your story, I guess that I will continue to not use any lock code.
Well, good luck with your next iPad. At least all of the apps and stuff that was on your iPad is backed up, so it'll be real easy for you to be up and running in no time with your new iPad.