Apple iPhone used by teens missing at sea is being sent to Apple for analysis

Last July 24th, a pair of 14-year old boys set off for a fishing trip off of the Juniper Inlet. The boys, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, went missing and are presumed dead. The cause of their death is now a mystery, especially after the boy's capsized boat was recovered on March 18th, 100 miles off Bermuda's coast. On board the vessel was Austin's Apple iPhone 6, and the handset could play a big part in determining what really happened at sea.

The boys were both connected inside the boat. Besides Austin's iPhone, Perry had an Apple iPad with him. He texted his mom to tell her that his tablet had gone dead, indicating that he also had a phone with him. And the boys sent a Snapchat message to friends that said, "we’re f****d" as a storm was headed for their position.

Both of the boys' families were in disagreement over what to do with the iPhone that was recovered with the boat last month. So they decided to go to court. Today, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Gregory Keyser ruled that the phone will be sent to Apple via FedEx to see if any information can be retrieved from the device, including photographs or text messages.

The phone is said to be rusting and is in poor condition, which is what you would expect after being exposed to the elements and submerged in water for almost a year. Will Apple be able to salvage anything from the phone? The tech titan has its work cut out for it. As soon as we hear something from Apple, we will pass it along to you. Keep in mind that it could take weeks, if not months, before Apple makes an announcement about what it was able to find inside the device.


Thanks for the tip, Suzanne!

source: Sun-Sentinel, People

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48 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Hope they come back safe.

6. danny_a2005

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

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16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Can't get far without a boat. If a storm was actually coming, they can forget it. Why would they go so far?

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Water is one thing to electronic circuitry. Salt water is another.

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Not to mention other corrosive elements and so on, but the nand chip could have survived, and Apple may be able to do something

3. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

If they had a phone with an SD card the phone could have been drowned, crushed and thrown around and you just slot it out and almost guaranteed it'll work. That's why i regularly backup everything in internal memory to cloud, SD, and computer so i never have to worry about the phone dying.

10. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Since when does your messages and phone records are stored in you SD card? Yes, SD card would be a nice addition, but no, it has nothing to with this article, stop trolling

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Since when does your messages and phone records are stored in you SD card" Since apps like Titanium Backup existed in the playstore...just 'cause you have no clue about it doesn't mean he's trolling.

32. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

That's true. He most likely makes a backup every time me receives a call and/or a message.

38. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That might be a too frequent period, but I personally automate the backup of my contacts and messages on a daily basis.

45. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I guess the idea of automatic scheduled backups on cloud services and things like Titanium backup is too difficult a concept for some to understand. I lost my phone on holiday once and lost 2 weeks worth of photos and i don't plan to let that happen again.

15. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

You can just pull our the memory and extract data off of that, exact same thing as an SD card. Also what makes you think an SD is invincible, it would.be exposed to the same wear and tear as all other components. Fandroids never disappoint in showing their true colour, no matter what the situation is, a dig at apple is necessary. Wake up buddy, in real life no one gives a crap about Android, IOS, Samsung vs Apple or whatever.

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

because sd cards in cameras have been found in the ocean and returned 7 years later to still have all pics and other things on them

33. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I dont know maybe cause it has all kinds of durability certificates? Btw he also said you could use cloud or computer to save your data but you felt insecure so fandroid card was pulled...

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In salt water? For a year? I doubt it. I can't see anything happening with it. It's hard to pull data off a working phone. But one that's been in salt water, rain, and who knows what else. Curious as to how the boat stayed afloat with the phone in it. How is it the boys aren't? Did they actually go to meet so eine? Or maybe they were snatched.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Another sad story. I hope some closure can be brought to these families.

5. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

They're called DriveSavers, that is where you were supposed to send your phone. Apple will not do much of anything other than tell you it got wet.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nope, apple cant do anything.. they cant even do a thing to farook's phone which in perfect shape..

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's what you care about from this story?

11. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Some people just don't know when to troll and when to actually feel sorry for others. Hope Apple can do something to shine some light about what really happened to their kids.

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

why feel sorry 2 teens out on a large boat why by them selves, makes u think parents fault

22. engineer-1701d unregistered

or bermuda triangle again

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Because I'm a human being with a heart, not a trouble making internet troll. That's why.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on bro, so do I. That's gotta be pure hell for the families.

13. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

There could be a totally non-tech related article about Obama being in a severe car accident or something along those lines and there'd still be that one tool in the comment section bad-mouthing Apple. Just the way things are around here, unfortunately.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

100% true.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But it makes sense. They had a perfectly working phone they couldn't get data off, so they claim. Now they are going to try on a phone that's been in water for a whole year. And bright hot sunny days. Going from wet to dry over and over and over a countless number of time. The phone is fried. Stop being so cruel. He isn't trolling.

42. AlikMalix unregistered

Not that they couldn't. They wouldn't!!!

43. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Exactly. They already have a means to beat the encryption, but they don't want that known.

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I doubt that, that was just their argument so they would have to do it for the FBI. They didn't want to do it for law enforcement but they will do it for these grieving families, just wait and see.

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