is there any chance to get it back?

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  1. protocol
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    Hi Guys,

    I am new here in terms of user, but I always read threads. But now I need solution so I am now registered here.

    Okay, I had an iPad which is stolen before a week. now I had MobileMe app set up in my ipad. But I think before I got to know about my iPad its been reset or something with data so that I couldn't get it.

    is there any chance to get my ipad back? is there any way to find out still after reset of my ipad?

    What I should do except police complain? I know that but is there any way in terms of technical way?

    In short, I had iPad and I lost it and I am sure that that guy must have hard reset it as I got to know about my stolen stuff after almost 10 hours or something. So is there any way even after wiping off my iPad I can still able to use any way like mobileme or something to get back or track??

    Thanks for hearing me and if you can please reply me but only proper answers. No advices like I should care and all. I didn't have a pin set up. And I know i should but please let me know the way.

    Thanks again...:eek:
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    I would call Apple and tell them your story ~ see if they can track it.
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    Thanks for advice but I need some technical answer who knows confirm that what are the steps and any chances or not logically!
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    Do as SweetPoison suggested, call Apple and ask them if they can help......they may, or may not, be able to track/trace it.......do it now, the longer you leave it the less chance you have of seeing it again.

    The Archangel
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    Was it a 3G model or wifi? I had my wifi stolen and tracked it with mobleme/find device. Mobleme showed its exact location. Showed that to police. NOTHING!!!!
    Later I find out that wifi models do not track to exact location as 3G does. Wifi only show ruff location within 1/2 a block in all directions.

    Bottom line, contact police and tracked device within hours of theft and nothing. I was able to disable the device and send a message that appears on the screen that said, "Please return this stolen iPad to the location you took it from, you #$%#%$^^*&*^&%$@#" This was the only satisfaction I got out of the whole experience.
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    Depends on the quality and locations of Wifi in that particular area. I've had my iPad pinpointed to within 15m of its real-life location via Wifi.
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    Hi guys,

    Thanks but what I am saying is its been a day or two since my iPad has been stolen. And I tried with mobile me. It's keep searching the location.

    What I am asking is if in case thief has erased all data and settings then is it possible to find? something like in setting-> Reset with all data and settings something like factory default settings with wipe off all the data.

    So in that case is it possible?

    Thanks so much.

    And it is 3G + Wifi model. But i think he erased everything. so now what?
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    A restore with iTunes would kill the chance of you finding it with mobile me. But apple knows the uid, and that can't be changed. So they know where it is.
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    Yes, you never know until you ask. Go contact Apple and tell them your situation. Do it now. They may be able to help. But the longer you wait, the greater the chance of you not recovering it.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    Well, there are two ways to identify the device, one, the serial number. And two the UDID. I think the serial number can be changed with some hacking, but the UDID can't.
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    What is the UDID? Is it the same as IMEI?

    Can the IMEI of an ipad be changed/ formatted?
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    Let's say, just theoretically, that YOU stole an iPad and you're asking if there is any way someone can track it if you wiped it. The answer is YES. :)

    Just theoretically...
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    I hear crickets chirping...

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad 2 using iPF

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    Michael, you are always good for a laugh. OP, I am sorry sorry that you are going through this. I hope you get it back. If not, my mom told me that my gramma used to curse people who stole my mom and uncles stuff. If it was like a ball, she cursed them so they would get a rash. My mom cursed my little bros iPod so the theifs ears would itch. TOOO FUNNY. u could curse them and make their brain jumble and they have no recourse but to return it because they forgot how to hack or even think. Lol. Funny anecdote eh?

    Sent from my iPad 2 using iPF
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    im sorry to hear that but unless you're someone who holds importance apple or the police won't do anything about it. apple wants you to cough up more money and the police are just going to add it to a stolen list. 9 out of 10 times, they won't ever come by it.
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    I wouldn't be so sure of that.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad 2 using iPF
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    OP, sorry to hear about your stolen ipad

    For the rest of forumers, who uses the screen lock passcode where you put 4 digit numbers to unlock the ipad, and if stolen, how much botheration is this screen lock to the theif

    Sent from my iPad using iPF, using iOS 4.3.2
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    I've heard not a lot because they can just reboot and use another user code. I'm sure I'm right but I have probably said it wrong. Someone explain it
    In IT language.

    My daughter forgot her password and I was able to reset it but with another account not so sure now.
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    Not very reassuring then, i use the passlock on my phone, but not on the ipad as it never leaves home and other family members use it while i am away. When you reboot your daughters device, was it a phone? What i want to know is whether the stored data was deleted when you did the reboot?

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    Just to clarify a few things.

    Yes, the passcode is not 100%safe, it can be deleted by resetting the whole device.

    However, resetting the iPad cannot be done from the iPad itself, while the passcodelock is on; Rebooting has no effect whatsoever in this regards, as it still asks for the password upon restarting. The device can only be reset via iTunes on a desktop, any iTunes running on a PC/laptop/Mac can reset the ipad/iPhone, which deletes the passcode, but also all data.

    Whether this makes it any safer, or not depends on the point of view.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2011

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