Andrea Grant, a 59-year-old woman from the UK, passed away due to cancer and she left her sons Josh and Patrick as the co-executors of her will and estate. Grant wanted her estate to be equally split among her five boys.The brothers decide that the eldest son, Patrick, should receive the iPad that she was using. However, neither one of the brothers did not know the Apple ID and password needed to unlock the iPad.
After having requested Apple to unlock the iPad, they had to turn over a death certificate, copy of the will and an attorney's letter, but this wasnâ€™t enough as Apple was asking for written consent - which was obviously impossible -, or a court order in order to unlock the tablet. One of the brothers, Josh Grant, says the following:
Appleâ€™s security measures for such situations are designed to prevent unauthorised access to Apple users' online iCloud accounts, which could include personal information, such as documents, photos and messages. We can only hope that Apple will make an exception in this case, since it has already been written and spoken about on many important online outlets. Grant also said the following on his personal blog:
What we can learn from this is that if you plan on bequeathing your Apple device, then you need to make sure that you include the Apple ID and password, as well.