Well, Apple has finally joined the party by jumping into the red-hot market for GPS cell phone tracking apps. Their Find My Phone app has quickly jumped all the way up to the number two spot on the iTunes free apps chart.
This app works with iPhone 4, the iPad, and 4th generation iPod Touch devices and it will display the current location of your phone on a map along with the exact time the device was located. There are even rumors that this application may soon be included with all new Apple devices.
As an emergency measure, Find My Phone will also allow you to remotely lock your device and even delete all of your data if it becomes clear that your phone or iPad cannot be recovered. So far, the app has received mixed reviews from users with the biggest complaint so far being the lack of 3GS support. Fourth generation device owners for the most part seem to give it fairly high marks. The interface is clean and easy to use while providing the level of detail you would need to recover a missing device.
How does it compare to other GPS phone tracking security applications?
For the most part, this app provides all the basic features you would want if your phone were ever lost or stolen. It provides an easy way to both locate the device and communicate directly with anyone who might come across it without giving away any access to private information.
There are other apps out there with more in the way of features but if you're looking for a solution that offers a free download, this should do the trick. You should note that this app fits soundly into the category of utility phone tracker app options and does not offer any location-sharing social networking features or data that could be used to track workouts or other route details over time. We give Apple's Find My Phone app 4 stars out of a possible five while acknowledging that the drop in support for 3GS users is frustrating.
It should go without saying but sometimes we all need a friendly reminder, the only way this program is useful is if it's properly set up before you run into a problem. Whenever you upgrade your phone or tablet, be sure to set up and test your tracking software right away. Hopefully you never unintentionally part ways with your device but if you do, this will allow you to make a serious recovery effort and protect your personal information if necessary.