The Apple iOS 4.2 is announced for public release today and the company has revealed that the “Find my iPhone” app will be going free with this update. This feature was part of the MobileMe subscription, but now available free of use. Ironically, the app only works on iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch 4 for now.
Find my iPhone allows users to track their lost or stolen device as it displays the current location of the iphone on a map. Thus the device can be recovered easily. If your device gets stolen, one can sign-in to your account, track it’s position, display message or play a sound on your device.
The best part is that in case you feel that the device is not going to be returned, you can wipe out your personal data and lock the device to protect your privacy and settings. This all will be done remotely.
Below are the complete list of features with the Find my iPhone App.
- Locate your iPhone or iPad on the map
- Display a message and optionally play a sound for two minutes at full volume even if your device is set to silent
- Remotely set a passcode lock on your device (or lock it using your existing passcode)
- Remotely wipe your device to permanently erase all of your personal data
The application download page from the App Store suggests that you need to have a MobileMe subscription in order to Find my iPhone to work. This would imply that MobileMe is also going free alongwith this app. However this is yet to be formally confirmed.
- Download Find my iPhone for iOS 4.2 [iTunes Link]
- Download iOS 4.2.1 for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch [All Versions]