Apple have just launched their new MobileMe interface as well as a updated ‘Find My iPhone’ app, that helps you locate your iPhone or iPad when lost or stolen. A Mobile Me subscription is required to use the ‘Find My iPhone’ app but after you’ve logged in your device is located and displayed on a map.
There is no similar consumer-level remote administration service available for Android, BlackBerry, Palm, Symbian, or Windows Mobile devices. MobileMe users have had to access the feature via the web. Somewhat ironically, Apple blocks mobile iPhone and iPod touch users from visiting the standard MobileMe website, despite marketing the iPhone as begin able to browse the full Internet. However, Apple has subsequently exposed the Find My Phone feature to iPad users who login to me.com, although the iPad presentation is a customized web app, and not the same interface that desktop users get when visiting the MobileMe site.
New rumors indicate Apple will soon release a Universal iOS app for both iPhone and iPad users that will enable them to access the remote lookup features right from their mobile device.
The app will run on any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and allow you to log in to your account to track a missing device, display a message on its screen, set the passcode lock, or wipe all its data.
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