There is, pardon the expression, a “takeaway” if you are snapping photos with a stolen iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or even Apple TV — iCloud Photo Stream may sync you in the end.
That’s apparently what happened to a Disney Wonder crew member who was accused by a passenger of stealing her iPhone after an April sailing.
Rebecca Peddie, public affairs manager for Disney Cruise Line, wouldn’t go into details about what happened to the passenger’s iPhone or even identify the suspect, but said the crew member in question “is no longer with the company.”
“We take these matters very seriously,” Peddie said.
Katy McCaffrey, the passenger, accused a crew member, “Nelson,” of having and using her “stolen iPhone” after viewing photos he and his friends apparently took with the device as the images showed up in her Photo Stream.
What the alleged thief hadn’t realized is that when you take a photo on any iOS device, iCloud pushes copies of those images to the photos apps on your other iOS devices, as well as to iPhoto or Aperture if you have a Mac, or the photos library on your PC.
So the suspect unwittingly was sharing his photo exploits with an incredulous McCaffrey.
McCaffrey posted a photo montage of the allegedly ill-gotten images on Facebook and entitled the album, Stolen iPhone Adventures.
McCaffrey writes her own captions to go with the crew member’s images and sardonically takes the alleged culprit to task.
“Nelson likes to take photos of buildings in Mexico with stolen phones,” McCaffrey writes about one such photo in his collection.
If the crew member had been a little more Apple savvy, then he might still be under Disney Cruise Line’s employ.
When you go through settings on any iOS device, you have the option to use iCloud or not.
McCaffrey apparently opted in to use iCloud, and unwittingly set the stage for the apprehension of the crew member.
Peddie of Disney Cruise Line says it is attempting to return the iPhone to the passenger “and we’re working to make things right with her.”
New York magazine apparently broke the story about the stolen iPhone and the iCloud whodunit.