I went for a walk around the park with Buddy tonight as I always do. But as I was walking, I saw something blue glowing in the grass. I got closer and realized it was someone’s iPhone. I had just missed a call to this stranger’s phone. I picked it up and unlocked it so I could email the owner that I had their phone. However, it was passcode protected. So I had to wait for a call to come through.
There needs to be a button that you can press that circumvents passcode protection that creates an email to the owner saying you have their phone. It’s interesting that security presumes that an unauthorized user only wants to do harm, not good. But I’d bet that 95% of us, if not more, would return a found iPhone if we had the opportunity. I get it though…security is only as good as its weakest link.
The story has a happy ending. He got his phone back about 20 minutes after I found it.
In an ER in New Orleans earlier this year, a man in his fifties suffered a massive brain aneurysm. Coming from a music festival alone, all he had was his wallet and his Android phone. Locked with a pattern code, the nurses had no way of getting into his phone to access his family’s contact information.
Before the Critical Care transport arrived to take him to the trauma center, I watched the ventilator make his chest rise & fall, wishing there was a way to tell his family that he was dying alone. Then his body would shiver & convulse because, as the nurse said, “his brain was swimming in blood.”
Unlike a lost iPhone situation, there was no immediate reason why anyone would call him; he was having a blast at Jazz Fest. When you lose your iPhone, what do you to do find it? You call it, and then a finder can answer it. What do you do when the person, not the smartphone, is lost?