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Use Find my iPhone/Mobile Me on an iPhone/iPod touch iOS devices
I was reading a story on tuaw.com about a guy who tracked down his lost iPhone using the new service Find My iPhone. In the post, the iPhone owner wished he could have logged into the the me.com Accounts page and used the service from a friend's iPhone to help track the movements of his lost iPhone, rather than lug a laptop around.

In fact, you can login to the me.com site via the iPhone/iPod touch, but you need an app that uses its own web browser rather than the Safari.app that is on the device. I have done this with an app called iStorage, which uses it own browser rather than switching to Safari.app. It looks like you can also use the browser in IM+ lite 3.0, which is free.

I tested the Find My iPhone feature from my iPod touch, and it worked. It displayed where my iPod touch was at that moment, and I was also able to send a message to it with the alert sound. It was slow, though -- very slow. And I suspect that's why Apple has a redirect when trying to login to me.com from the iPhone/iPod touch. But if needs must...

I don't see why Apple couldn't enable the Find My iPhone page to work as a simple webpage when using an iPhone/iPod touch -- it just needs the map and send message and remote wipe buttons. Until they decide to do this, though, this workaround is a viable solution.
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Use Find my iPhone/Mobile Me on an iPhone/iPod touch
Authored by: gabester on Jun 24, '09 08:00:12AM

Apple ought to make the Find my iDevice page easily accessible from ANY internetworked device. After all, if one has lost one's iDevice one may not have much choice in what is currently available to replace the lost iDevice until it is relocated and recovered!

Making the page only available in Safari on Apple-manufactured devices prevents desired functionality - just make it work BEST in Safari.



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Authored by: JKT on Jun 24, '09 08:42:07AM

The issue with me.com is that its performance is absolutely terrible on an iPhone and incredibly CPU intensive. It would be better if Apple created a dedicated app for the Find my iPhone service in place of accessing me.com.

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Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 24, '09 10:08:26AM

You make good points. It seems logical to me, based on your points, that Apple should make the service work the same, not best, on Safari.

As you rightly point out, when your iPhone/iTouch is lost, you may not have a choice about what browser or computer you must use for "Find My iPhone." So why make it harder on customers? I see no benefit (to customers) of making it work better on Safari, but I do see benefit in making sure it works for you on many browser/computer setups.



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Authored by: gabester on Jun 24, '09 10:27:44AM
While the consumer would see no immediate benefit from this working better on Safari; Apple operates under the business presumption that product tie-in is always better - thus I assume that they would still find some what to attempt to get users to access this with Safari but suggest that they consider providing an easily accessible site that has non-existent browser requirements to be able to access the service, e.g. http://meideviceislost.com or http://www.me.com/lostidevice could work with any browser while me.com and an iPhone app would provide a superior experience for users who have no such resources at their disposal.
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Use Find my iPhone/Mobile Me on an iPhone/iPod touch
Authored by: JKT on Jun 24, '09 08:39:54AM

You can use virtually any other browser other than Mobile Safari to access me.com. E.g. iCab mobile and Vanillasurf both work. The problem is the speed of the pages - they are very slow to load and manipulate due to the amount of Javascript they use. However, you can eventually gain access to Find my iPhone using them, but don't expect your battery to last very long if you do it regularly and for a prolonged period of time as it taxes the CPU a lot.

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Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 24, '09 10:11:04AM

Maybe it's not so important that the service work quickly, as long as it works well. After all, it's not meant to be used often, right? It's for emergency situations (you've lost your phone; it was stolen; you think you left it behind while on a business trip...).



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Virtually any is a loose definition
Authored by: gabester on Jun 24, '09 10:33:10AM
I wouldn't say you can access me.com from virtually any browser. For example, the browser on my old Palm phone, or even IE6 which is still used a heck of a lot more than it should be.

Point is, you're out on the town, you notice your iDevice is missing, maybe someone is nice enough to let you use their non-standards compliant cellphone browser or ancient Window 95 laptop to try and find it. It seems like this is trivial for Apple to provide this accessibility on the backend, and we're just suggesting it's good customer relations to do so.

Another thought - I wonder if you lose your iDevice if you could call Apple support and ask them to help you find it if you do not have an appropriate browser available to get onto me.com to use the existing service? g=

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Virtually any is a loose definition
Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 29, '09 09:05:05AM

Good ideas. I think it'd be a useful service if I could use it without having to find a Mac or iPhone/iPod first.

The notion of phone support for Find My iPhone sounds great, too. Love that idea.



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Authored by: mark hunte on Jun 30, '09 02:09:21PM
Ha , ha, I can imagine that phone call. :-P

Apple: Hello Apple Find my iPhone phone service. My name is Steve, how may I help you today.

Caller: I have lost my precious, please help!!

Apple: Can i have your user ID and please answer these security questions...

Caller: 1bloke.com...Blah...blah...blah.

Apple: Hello Bloke, I see that you iPhone is connected to a wifi and is approximately within 400m of 41st st and 8th ave NYC.

Caller: Thats great.. thanks.

Apple: No wait, its now approximately within 400m of 45th st and 8th ave NYC.

Caller: cool!.

Apple: No wait, its now approximately within 400m of 48th st and 8th ave NYC.
No wait, its now approximately within 400m of 48th st and 9th ave NYC. No
wait, its now approximately within 400m of 48th st and 9th ave NYC. No wait,
its now approximately within 400m of 49th st and 10th ave NYC. No wai......

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Use Find my iPhone/Mobile Me on an iPhone/iPod touch
Authored by: hugh jarse on Apr 26, '11 05:06:40AM

Hi
i am looking for a free browser or app that will open mobileme on an iphone, i have tried vanillasurf and firefox any other ones free that could be suggested please?
Cheers



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