Apple Offers Find My iPad with MobileMe Service

Apple revealed late on Thursday that its MobileMe service now includes Find My iPad, so iPad owners can locate their multimedia tablet if it’s lost or stolen, just like iPhone and iPod touch owners.

“If you misplace your iPad, MobileMe can help you find it. Log in to to view a map that shows the approximate location of your iPad,” the Apple Web site states. “If it’s nearby, have it play a sound to help you find it, or display a message on the Home screen to help someone return it to you. The Find My iPad feature works best if your iPad includes both Wi-Fi and 3G, but it will also find your Wi-Fi-only iPad when it’s connected to a wireless network.”

MobileMe subscribers can also remotely lock their iPad with a password and remotely delete data if their tablet is lost or stolen.

Apple’s MobileMe service costs US$99 a year, and also includes iCal and Address Book syncing, Safari bookmark syncing online storage and data backup, remote file sharing, and email.

The iPad will be available on April 3rd and is priced starting at $499. It includes a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, support for most iPhone apps, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi, and some models include 3G wireless data access.