Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 19:57 UTC, submitted by Governa
Apple "Apple on Monday said that it plans to release the promised update to iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The update brings a number of long-awaited iOS 4 features to the iPad and adds the new AirPlay and AirPrint features for all iOS devices. In somewhat of a surprise, owners of the latest iOS devices can now use the Find My iPhone feature for free."
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Find my iPhone
by Stratoukos on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 11:55 UTC
Stratoukos
Member since:
2009-02-11

I can't understand why they made the find my iPhone service free only for the latest generation devices (iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G and iPad). I am of course a little bitter, since I own a 3GS, but I really can't see a reason.

The reason probably is to encourage hardware upgrades, but this is usually not Apple's MO. Their MO frequently is "We will screw the old generation if there is a technical reason", but not "We will screw the old generation just to force them to upgrade".

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RE: Find my iPhone
by Laurence on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 14:29 UTC in reply to "Find my iPhone"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I can't understand why they made the find my iPhone service free only for the latest generation devices (iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G and iPad). I am of course a little bitter, since I own a 3GS, but I really can't see a reason.

The reason probably is to encourage hardware upgrades, but this is usually not Apple's MO. Their MO frequently is "We will screw the old generation if there is a technical reason", but not "We will screw the old generation just to force them to upgrade".


I'm guessing they did this because many older generation phones might be 2nd hand (ie Apple didn't make money from that individual on the sale of the iPhone)

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RE: Find my iPhone
by testman on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 21:50 UTC in reply to "Find my iPhone"
testman Member since:
2007-10-15

It's a bit disappointing and seems to be an artificial limitation.

Still though, have you tried to set it up with your 3GS? I did just that with my own one and to my surprise, it is working perfectly. I'm not sure why, unless they enabled it last night.

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RE[2]: Find my iPhone
by Diablo on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 22:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Find my iPhone"
Diablo Member since:
2005-07-06

Yep. It's working with 2nd gen iPod touch as well.

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RE[2]: Find my iPhone
by Stratoukos on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 23:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Find my iPhone"
Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11

I didn't have time to update yet actually. the comment was based on what I read in Apple's press release.

I sure hope it works.

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RE[3]: Find my iPhone
by Stratoukos on Thu 25th Nov 2010 00:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Find my iPhone"
Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11

Replying to myself here, but now that I did try it myself, I just got a "Device not supported" message. I read that you can associated your Apple id with Find My iPhone on a iPhone 4/iPad/iTouch 4 and then use it on an older device, but is there something specific you can do to activate directly on a 3GS?

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RE[4]: Find my iPhone
by Diablo on Thu 25th Nov 2010 10:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Find my iPhone"
Diablo Member since:
2005-07-06

This might be true because I've registered with iPhone 4 and then added 2nd gen iPod.

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