Have you ever wondered if you could use AirTag to track a parcel sent through the mail? Well, someone did and the answer is yes, you can. An AirTag owner from Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, sent the tracker to a friend in another city and was able to track its movements.
The AirTag user correctly tracks the package
According to a new post in Intego (via MacRumors), Kirk McElhearn taped the AirTag to a card on a Friday afternoon and left it in the local mailbox. McElhearn then noticed that the package had reached the local sorting station in 30 minutes, which meant that someone nearby had an iPhone connected to the Find My network.
McElhearn could check current location at different time intervals. He had even set up a Mac script to take screenshots of the Find My app every two minutes to document all the changes. The package successfully arrived at the destination the next day.
However, what makes this situation concerning is that the recipient did not receive the ‘AirTag moved with you’ alert. While it could be argued that the AirTag was not technically moving and was standing at the recipient’s home, it is worth noting that Apple did not alert the user to the presence of a nearby AirTag even after three days.
Apart from iPhone alerts, AirTag also plays a sound for at least 15 seconds if separated from the owner for a period of time. The report did not clarify whether the recipient heard the sound. “My friend thinks he may have heard a sound at some point, but he couldn’t be sure, because he had the television on at the time.” the report states.
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