When Apple first launched the Apple Watch, we’re not sure if they intended for it to save as many lives as it has, but regardless of the intent, it has proven to be a very useful device. Now it seems that Apple’s recently launched AirTag could also be proving its worth because according to a report from Gadget Lite, a stolen bike was recovered thanks to the use of the AirTag.
Apple had stated that the AirTag was not designed to help track down stolen items. It’s more of an accessory to help people locate their missing items like bags or keys, but we don’t see why it couldn’t be used for stolen items as well (presumably Apple doesn’t want its customers to track down and confront the thieves themselves).
In this case, Gene Gorter reportedly had his bike stolen at night in Boston on the 4th of July. He then gave the AirTag tracking information to the Boston Police who managed to track the accessory and discovered it in a trash can placed near the stolen bicycle. The police later texted the location to Gorten along with a photo of the stolen bike, which he later collected from the authorities.
So far no arrests have been made because according to the police, they haven’t found the person responsible for the theft, but even so, it’s still a happy ending as Gorter got his bike back.