Apple's technology is everywhere, but a photograph of an iPad being used on the front lines in the civil war in Syria is garnering media attention. The photograph shows a member of the Free Syria Army using an iPad to eyeball-aim a mortar.
The image comes from a Reuters story about Russian comments on forcing rebel factions in Syria to the bargaining table. Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin are staunch allies of the Assad regime in Syria, for those keeping score at home, and there are more details in the Reuters piece.
Matt Appenfeller (@mwa4) noticed the iPad in the picture, and tweeted:
Study in globalization: a Syrian rebel uses an iPad accelerometer to aim his homemade mortar. http://t.co/v0l0WsYq6y— Matt Appenfeller (@mwa4) September 16, 2013
Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) then noticed this and retweeted it, along with a copy of the photo:
Over the years, Apple fans have long enjoyed seeing Apple products out in the wild. As the company has become a power house in the mobile space, however, "in the wild" has come to have a far broader definition.