First off, I just need to let everyone know that I don't actually even own an Ipad; I'm posting in this forum because I desperately need to know how to unlock a password-protected Ipad. The story: my girlfriend's younger brother committed suicide last month. He was an incredible artist, and a great of his artwork was contained in his Ipad, which he loved. The Ipad was a gift from my girlfriend to him, and so technically she can prove that she owns the device. However, when we took the Ipad to the apple store in NYC, the employees there told us to seek out "alternative" methods because Apple couldn't open it without deleting the data inside (which is obviously what we want access to). The issue is complicated by the fact that he never synced the Ipad with any laptop/computer, and that he was also the type of person that would make it such that if we guessed too many times, the data would be entirely deleted. We're scared to mess around with the Ipad for fear of deleting everything. I'm coming to you all now because I don't know where else to go with this problem. This Ipad may be the only way that her family can get some answers and, more importantly, some closure after this tragic event. If you know ANYTHING about this, please be a human being and help us out.