AirPod is crucial component of robot umpire

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Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, was the first ump to wear an AirPod during a game.
Photo: AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Robot umpires have finally arrived in baseball’s minor leagues and Apple’s technology is making it all possible.

The Atlantic League, an independent league mostly based on the East Coast, recently became the first professional baseball league to use a computer to call balls and strikes. A human umpire still stands behind home plate, but the gig just got a lot easier thanks to AirPods connected to an iPhone that tells him the right call.