After years of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally announced the AirTags in a one-hour virtual version Global Spring Loaded event on April 20th, 2021. The AirTags are tracker devices that can be used to track or locate lost or stolen items using the Find My app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. These are round discs that look a bit like a pop socket (but aren’t exactly that) and have ultra-broadband technology built into iPhone 11 (and later) and the latest Apple products.
In this news article, we cover everything you should know about AirTags. Here we’ll discuss AirTag’s features, availability, pricing, and more. Continue reading!
The Apple AirTag is a circular tracker device with a polished stainless steel finish that gives it a premium touch. In addition, its round disc shape distinguishes it from all other tracker devices currently available on the market.
The announcement at the event confirmed early rumors and claims that the AirTag was 32mm in diameter and 6mm in thickness.
The AirTag comes with a replaceable battery (standard CR2032 cell) that can be easily replaced at any time. It is claimed that this battery could last up to a year.
The AirTag is equipped with a built-in loudspeaker, which is equipped with IP67 properties against water and dust resistance. It may be fully functional after immersing it underwater to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.
AirTags can be personalized with an emoji or a name. You will also find various AirTag accessories such as key rings, loops that can be useful for attaching to a backpack, etc.
Note: Air Tags are not compatible with Android devices, they are designed solely for the Apple ecosystem.
Apple AirTag functions
AirTags are designed to keep track of everyday items that you can potentially lose. This could be your wallet, remote control, keys, etc. As mentioned earlier, they can be paired with your Apple device and controlled through the Find My app. Apple has built many features into the AirTag to provide a seamless user experience.
Here are some key features Apple built into the AirTag:
- Find my app tracking: You can easily track AirTag attached items using the Find My app by simply pairing them with it.
- Precision Findings: Thanks to the ultra-wideband technology, you can track a nearby AirTag with your iPhone using Precision Finding. This function guides you to the object attached with AirTag.
The precision finding function is compatible with the following iPhone models:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Ask Siri to find: You can track an item such as a wallet by saying “Hey Siri, you can find my wallet”. If it’s hiding in the next room or under the bed, just follow the sound from the built-in loudspeaker in AirTag and your search is over.
- Lost mode: As with other Apple products, AirTag can also be put into lost mode. You will be notified as soon as your device detects it on the network. You can set it up so that someone who finds it can contact you by tapping your AirTag with NFC-enabled smartphones.
- Detection of unwanted tags: With the unwanted tag detection feature, Apple wants to limit unwanted tracking or stalking. In the event that someone else’s AirTag travels near you over time, your iPhone will automatically notice and send you a notification to let you know it’s in your belongings. Remember, a warning will only be given if the AirTag is disconnected from its owners. Overall, it’s a competent move by Apple in protecting your privacy.
How do AirTags work?
AirTags mainly use Bluetooth to communicate with your iPhone and the Find My app. This will transfer data between two devices that was previously used when pairing the AirTags. Apple has built the U1 ultra-broadband chip into the AirTags, which is known for using ultra-broadband radio waves to deliver precise location data.
The accuracy in location tracking allows the AirTags to be more reliable compared to their competitors, especially those connected to the Find My network.
Price and availability
Pre-orders for Apple AirTag will be accepted from April 23, 2021, while it will be available for purchase from April 30, 2021. Apple AirTag is priced at $ 29 / £ 29 for one and $ 99 / £ 99 for four. For users in India, AirTag is priced at. available ₹ 3190 for one and ₹ 10900 for four.
Time will tell whether or not users find this gadget useful. That’s all for now, we’ll come back with an unbiased review as soon as we get our hands on the Apple AirTag.
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