Apple tries, fails to repair iPhone of teen lost at sea


Despite their best efforts, a team of Apple engineers hasn't been able to resuscitate an iPhone belonging to a teen who had been lost at sea for a while. It's a little wonder, since the handset has been lying in seawater for eight months already, as it belonged to Austin Stephanos - a 14-year old who suddenly disappeared off the Florida coast last July during a fishing trip with his buddy Peter Cohen, of the same age.

Apple's forensics team was sent the phone in April, when a Norwegian ship rediscovered the boys' boat in Bermuda, and found the handset in the stowage. They took the iPhone 6 apart, cleaned up the components, and did a chemical report, trying to power it up to no avail. The parents of the missing kids thanked Apple for the effort profusely, though:

"We learned yesterday that Apple went as far as they could to try to get Austin's iPhone working, which, as Apple advised, was the first step in the process of retrieving information that might help us understand what happened to the boys. Apple also made it clear that getting the iPhone to power up was its only commitment to Blu Stephanos, which differs from what we heard from his attorney in court. For the generous efforts by Apple's engineers, who we understand worked tirelessly to try to help us, we are so very grateful."

source: ABC

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19 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

they should give it to the fbi, they will give you information the following week.

3. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

And apple engineers will be scratching their heads wondering how they managed to do that while they themselves couldn't.

4. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

or send it to India.. Indian goverent will most likely not say no..

7. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

There are whizheads running small mobile repair shops in India who can unlock any phone even iphones. They even do chip level repairs. And it costs next to nothing to get it done from one of these shops.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

There are people in every country like that just saying, I'm pretty sure the guy that ownes computer central 3 blocks from where I live can hack into just about any mobile phone. Hell i'm not a bad hacker myself I might be able to hack an iPhone. I have an iPhone 6th gen that's password locked I might give it ago lol.

5. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

or send it to India.. Indian government will most likely not say no..

2. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The omnipotent fails. /s

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

"They took the iPhone 6 apart, cleaned up the components, and did a chemical report, trying to power it up to no avail" Did they try a new, never-been-wet battery??

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Probalay lol, I would hope that Apple's engineers were at least that competent.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's a shame. Might have brought some closure to the families.

12. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

they will use this phone body for next iphone 6 SE after 5 years i guess.

13. insyt

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Er the Chinese make the iPhone, this they are most likely to have the know how and parts to retrieve info of it. The Soc and Memory need to be placed on a new circuit board.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You expect a phone that been in water for over a year, salt-water at that, and that much damage and you thought someone how it would work? LOL

15. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Agreed. People seem to think tech companies can make magic happen. Sadly, that isn't the case. I feel sorry for the family however, they may never get the closure they seek. So unfortunate.

17. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Wouldn't the storage chip atleast survive the elements?

20. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Probably not. Salt water and sea-air are not very friendly to gadgets and electronics in general. The inside of that iPhone probably looks worse than the outside. Apple and the engineers would have known it was a lost cause, but at least they tried.

16. bm985

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

Whatever, Apple doesn't jack for free , thats. Why they wore not able to find anytthing ,they didn't look

18. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

If you feel the need to be asinine, at least due so using spell check.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*do* on second thought, spell check on most keyboards is terrible. Carry on.

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