Treasure hunt of the Airpod – continued…

recently talked about a real life use case using the “find my airpod” feature.

A friend made a very astute remark “the pairing distance is the issue”.

Essentially the airpod is too small to have its own GPS chip. It can track only at blue-tooth distances.

So if we are listening to a song at the airport and misplace it, how can the airpod reveal its location?

The Apple guys have created an interesting workaround to work “usually” in situations like:

  1. We lose the airpod in the living room
  2. We are listening to music at the workplace and leave it there by mistake
  3. It falls down during a walk or a run

The workaround is this. When you use your airpod, it’s Location data is uploaded to the cloud using your iphone or iPad GPS system. The coordinates then get over-laid on Maps to get you to Bluetooth distance, at which time real time tracking starts.

True, there are limitations (it can’t track the pods when they are in the box or track if the pods are moved when not synced). But, on the whole, This workaround dressed up as a solution delivers.

More than anything, I like the thought of having a solution designed to work in the face of tech limitations! Cool right?


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After twenty years of playing IT leadership roles, I am taking some time off to read, reflect, and share thoughts on Leadership and Technology. I am specifically interested in how we can use these to further our success. You can find my work at and 2-minute daily posts at

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