Apple’s Find My App leads police to search for a missing iPhone and arrest the suspect.

Apple’s Find My app is one of the key features of devices like the iPhone and iPad, as it allows users to track offline as well. This time, however, the app helped Colorado police find and arrest a man when a deputy “accidentally” dropped his phone on the suspect’s truck.

As reported by Denver NBC’s 9 News. Gizmodo.Deputy Travis Pack was about to arrest Steven Sandwall, who was wanted for theft after failing to appear in court. However, Sandwall managed to save the police from his truck by driving through the security fence.

While this can be difficult to follow, Apple’s Find My app makes everything easier. The deputy pack quickly realized that he had lost his iPhone as he approached the sandwall, as he had placed the phone on the truck bed rail to handcuff the accused before he escaped.

“After a while,” he wrote, “the deputy realized that his cell phone was missing. Considering it a county property, the deputy felt that it was necessary to find the phone as soon as possible.” He used the phone to call the other deputy to find him through the ‘Find My iPhone’ app.

Police then tracked Sand for about an hour and arrested Sandwal. While the story had a happy ending for the police, it raised concerns about the Fourth Amendment’s concerns about illegal searches. The reason is that the police cannot use GPS to track a person, but the deputy pack assures that his phone fell into the suspect’s truck was an accident.

Orin Kerr, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said in an email that if the phone was indeed dropped accidentally, the coincidence could save deputies from the Fourth Amendment challenge. “If the facts are stated, I suspect there is a constitutional violation,” Kerr wrote. “First of all, if we assume that the phone was accidentally dropped in the car, it would not be a Fourth Amendment search because there was no intention to get the information that was needed in the Jones case.”

Later this year, Apple will eventually allow users to track their iOS devices even when they are off. This feature is part of iOS 15, which will be released to all users this fall. However, not all iPhone and iPad models will fit this feature – and you can see the full list of devices here.

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