Originally Posted by themoonisdown09
The only problem with this is that if someone steals your iPhone, they just have to turn this feature off... right? Even if it's password protected, couldn't they just restore the iPhone and then turn it off?
If this is the case, it seems to me that this would only be helpful for a lost iPhone... unless whoever steals it doesn't know about this feature.
From what I remember seeing on an episode of "Forensic Files", there are some cell phones that still "ping" the nearest tower even if turned off. The only sure way to keep a cell phone from revealing it's location is to remove the battery. But you can't remove the battery on an iPhone. So theoretically, you can still track an iPhone, even if it's off. Maybe not with GPS accuracy. But at least to the general location.
Originally Posted by admactanium
Thieves have been dumb enough to use stolen phones and laptops completely unchanged. There are plenty of stories about it. One person recovered their SideKick because the thief started taking pictures of herself with it. SideKicks send their info up to the "cloud" so that it's all available from a web browser. Someone else got tracked by using the built-in iSight of a laptop. Besides, the thief wold have to turn it off immediately upon stealing it. Even if they just ran away with it and got back to their place before messing with it it would already be too late for them.
There's a story in the news today, (in San Francisco), about a car theif that was caught at the DMV trying to register an auto that he carjacked. The clerk ran the plate (or VIN) and it came back stolen. When the police got there he was still in line.