Ukrainians track the position of Russian troops using Apple AirPods

The ‘loot’ o ‘looteo’ As is often said in the slang of current video games, it is something that has been done in wars since the beginning of time. Invade enemy territory and rob houses, buildings, palaces, the so-called war botiques. And of course, Russian soldiers do the same thing in the Ukraine, taking what they see. Like for example something that in the end is affecting them more than doing good: AirPods.

AirPods in Ukraine

Safe, comfortable and specifically designed to be used in sports activities, the AirPods seem like they are going to fall off, but this is not usually the case in daily use. What do we do if we lose one of those headphones? Well, take out the iPhone and use one of its functions to recover it: Apple’s Find My.

With iOS 10.3 or later, Find My can help you find your missing AirPods. If you’ve already set up Find My iPhone on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you use with your AirPods, Find My iPhone is automatically turned on for them. Therefore, if you lose your AirPods without their case somewhere nearby, you can use Find My iPhone to find them. If AirPods are out of range of all your devices, not charged, or in their case, Find My iPhone can show you the time and location of their last connection.

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Used to track Russian enemy positions

To see your AirPods on a map, sign in to or use the Find My iPhone app to locate your AirPods on a map. Find My iPhone shows you the location of your connected Apple devices under the same Apple ID, including AirPods. In the event that they are not connected, it will show you the time and location of the last time they were online.

Needless to say, just like with its AirTags tracker, Apple’s Find My option can be used for other purposes as well. And that’s precisely what the former owners of those stolen AirPods are doing: locating them via their iPhone. , which poses a problem for Russian soldiers using them, as they reveal their positions.

According to an adviser to the leader of the Belarusian opposition, that same function has been used to track the Russian withdrawal from the Ukraine capital area across the border and back to the safety of neighboring Belarus, from where the initial advances of the Russian troops towards the capital began.

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