So, it’s only been about a week and a half since the Find My iPhone feature of Apple’s MobileMe service was unveiled, and already it’s been credited with the successful rescue of an expensive iPhone from a would-be iPhone thief. While most iPhone geeks (myself included) have only played around with it for the sake of lulz, this guy found that in a real life iPhone emergency, it works pretty well, actually.
Now, put yourself in the shoes of the iPhone thiever who will momentarily be entering the story. You might have told yourself, “Hey, free iPhone!” the night before. You might have seen the gently-threatening messages and ignored them, maybe even scoffed. Then the phone told you it was on Medill St. It talked to you in Spanish. And you saw three skinny white guys prowling in the street with a laptop computer open.
So you take off down the road, and to your shock and horror, the honkeys follow you. You stand at your local bus stop, expecting to lose them. And they converge on your location from across the intersection, the bald one with the laptop yelling and pointing at you. You probably think the angels of death have found you.
Being skinny white geeks, it is kinda lucky that the alleged thief demurred and wasn’t some kind of bruiser, or they would’ve had their asses kicked. Certainly not worth an iPhone. But, the incident ended well, thanks do modern GPS technology. Finally, when your gadgets get stolen, they can fight back!