Apple tries, fails to repair iPhone of teen lost at sea
posted by Daniel P. / May 12, 2016, 3:32 AM
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.
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:Apple's forensics team was sent the
"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."
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they should give it to the fbi, they will give you information the following week.
posted on May 12, 2016, 3:36 AM 12
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or send it to India.. Indian goverent will most likely not say no..
posted on May 12, 2016, 4:10 AM 3
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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.
posted on May 12, 2016, 4:24 AM 2
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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.
posted on May 12, 2016, 5:42 AM 0
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"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??
posted on May 12, 2016, 5:33 AM 0
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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
posted on May 12, 2016, 8:33 AM 4
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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.
posted on May 12, 2016, 9:36 AM 2
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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.
posted on May 12, 2016, 1:17 PM 0
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Whatever, Apple doesn't jack for free , thats. Why they wore not able to find anytthing ,they didn't look
posted on May 12, 2016, 10:55 AM 0
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If you feel the need to be asinine, at least due so using spell check.
posted on May 12, 2016, 11:32 AM 0
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