Josh Grant, 26, from London, told the BBC his mum Anthea bought the tablet during her cancer treatment and left it her him in her will.
Since her death, he has been unable to unlock the device, despite providing Apple with copies of her will, death certificate and solicitor's letter.
Job's Mob has refused to allow them access because of its wonderful security features. These security features mean that only people who can crack or jail break the operating system, which is mostly anyone, can have access to the gizmo.
After her death, they discovered they did not know her Apple ID and password, and Apple demanded that have written consent for the device to be unlocked. Getting written consent from a dead person is a little tricky but we guess that since Tim Cook speaks to Steve Jobs every morning, Apple does not think it is that difficult.
The family have provided the death certificate, will and solicitor's letter but it was not enough. Apple have now demanded a court order to prove that mum was the owner of the iPad and the iTunes account.
The BBC has done its best to reassure Apple customers that the outfit is not being a bureaucratic bunch of bastards by pointing out that Apple's security measures are designed to prevent unauthorised access to Apple users' online iCloud accounts, which could include personal documents, photos and messages.
However, most thieves would not be able to provide the owners death certificate, or a solicitor's letter telling them to hand over the passwords. A thief would just wipe the iPad and sell it. After two years, a thief would not bother, but family members might.