User successfully tracks package across the UK with an AirTag
What you need to know
- Another user has successfully tracked a package using an AirTag, this time in the UK.
- Intego's Kirk McElhearn posted an AirTag from Stratford-upon-Avon to London.
- McElhearn was able to follow the AirTag thanks to Find My and Apple's iOS device network.
Another user has successfully mailed an AirTag through the post, tracking the package using Apple's Find My network.
From Intego's Kirk McElhearn (opens in new tab):
McElhearn tracked the package to a local sorting station, then on its journey in a delivery truck to a mail center, a sorting center, and then finally his friend's house.
As the report notes, this means that at basically every step of the journey the AirTag was within range of an iPhone that was able to verify its location, allowing McElhearn to track the progress of the journey. Yet the piece notes this could raise some questions about the prospect of using an AirTag as a tracking device:
Apparently, the receiver got the AirTag on Monday but hadn't received Apple's touted alert stating an unidentified AirTag was in their vicinity. From Apple:
The report says that the sheer size of the iOS network means you're almost guaranteed an AirTag will be in range of an iPhone:
You can read the full story here. (opens in new tab)
The same feat was accomplished last week by Dutch YouTuber AirTagAlex.
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