At first blush, Find My iPhone seems like pretty much the best. If you lose your iPhone, or have it stolen, you can track it via GPS in order to retrieve it. In theory, that's wonderful. Who wouldn't want to track down and find their lost smartphone? In practice, however, it turns out that our advanced technology is still basically a garbage in, garbage out kind of thing. Just ask Wayne Dobson, 59-year-old Las Vegas retiree. Find My iPhone has been mistakenly sending folks to his house for years.
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I've been pretty hard on Apple Maps, but that's only because it's terrible. Instead of fixing it, Apple has integrated Maps into the Find My iPhone feature, allowing it to give turn-by-turn navigation to the last known location of the lost device. That's great in theory, but again, Apple Maps is a nightmare. This has the potential to create more problems than it solves.
iOS 4.2, the long-awaited mobile operating system upgrade from Apple, has been the subject of crazy amounts of speculation this past month -- Apple had merely announced that iOS 4.2 would be available for download sometime in November, but that didn't stop iPad and iPhone users from breathlessly counting down and speculating as to why it had been delayed from dates that weren't official. The important thing is, iOS 4.2 is here, although Twitter users report that it's not quite yet ready to download from iTunes. Apple has, however, put up a new iOS page heralding the features of 4.2, as well as a press release, reproduced below. The big new features: Multitasking for the iPad (finally!), AirPlay, which allows Apple TV owners to wirelessly stream music and videos from their portable iDevices, and AirPrint, the driver-free wireless printing feature. Apple has also made Find My iPhone, which used to require a MobileMe subscription (and which works for the iPod Touch and iPad as well), free to all.