I bought Hirokazu Apple AirPods Pro 2 for Christmas. They are pretty amazing and he loves them. I myself don’t like sticking things in my ear and prefer the AfterShokz Aeropex bone conducting headphones I wrote about here earlier, even though the sound quality is not as good as the AirPods Pro 2.
Anyway, two days ago he sent me a LINE message letting me know he lost the left ear one on the morning train. He apparently fell asleep and his left ear one fell out somewhere.
I sighed and called Apple Support. Loss of AirPods isn’t covered by AppleCare (like it is for iPhones) but they told me how to purchase a replacement one via support.
What they didn’t tell me was that Find My (a standard iOS app) knew where it was!
A combination of Apple technology and Japanese honesty saved the day. The Find My app on his iPhone indicated that the left AirPod had gotten separated and was at Koiwa Station, the neighboring station to ours. He went there on his way home from work yesterday and sure enough someone had found it and turned it in and he has it now and all is well. Pretty amazing I think!
If he hadn’t gone to the station yesterday then today they would have sent it on to Tokyo Station lost and found.
I wonder how the tech works. It just showed up on the Find My map even though it was nowhere near us.
Now I’m curious about getting AirTags before my U.S. trip in April.
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