Shocking! After AirTag, Apple Watch now used for stalking!

    An Apple Watch was involved in a stalking case in the US. This is a unique case after the viral AirTag stalking spree.
    By HT TECH
    | Updated on Mar 29 2022, 07:54 PM IST
    Apple Watch now involved in stalking case after countless stalking cases involving Apple AirTag.
    Apple Watch now involved in stalking case after countless stalking cases involving Apple AirTag. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
    Apple Watch now involved in stalking case after countless stalking cases involving Apple AirTag.
    Apple Watch now involved in stalking case after countless stalking cases involving Apple AirTag. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

    An Apple Watch now used for stalking! After a viral outbreak cases involving the Apple AirTag used for stalking innocent victims, an Apple Watch has now been found to be involved in such a case. The victim, the girlfriend of the stalker, had found an Apple Watch on her tracking her location details, which was then used to threaten her life.

    The stalker, whose name is Lawrence Welch, had reportedly threatened to kill her girlfriend multiple times. The couple had originally used the Life360 app to monitor each other’s location prior to this. Later, the victim deactivated the Life360 app tracking after she faced abuses from her boyfriend. Welch then turned to the Apple Watch for help.

    Apple Watch used for stalking!

    Welch had reportedly the stuck the Apple Watch, which belonged to him, in the wheel spoke of her girlfriend’s car. The Watch was tracked after the police found Welch approaching the location and crouching by the car’s wheel instead of the building. He later acknowledged that the Watch belonged to him.

    If you are wondering how the Apple Watch helped with the stalking, you should turn your attention to the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. The app keeps a track of all your Apple products registered to your Apple ID and for accessories such as the Watch and AirTag, it can help pinpoint the last seen location. The AirTag even uses the UWB chip inside the modern-day iPhones to precisely pinpoint the location of the tracker in 3D space.

    Prior to this, it was the Apple AirTag that got a lot of negative attention after it was caught involved in multiple stalking cases. The authorities in the US found AirTag trackers stuck under vehicle bumpers, handbags, and several other articles that moves with the victim. 

    Apple eventually rolled out certain measures to curb the stalking. iPhones and iPads are now expected to tell you about the presence of an unknown AirTag on you sooner than later. Additionally, Apple rolled out an app for Android devices that could be sued to track stray AirTag trackers soon those who are not a part of the Apple ecosystem.

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    First Published Date: 29 Mar, 07:54 PM IST
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