IOS 15.2 lets you search for sneaky AirTags that may be stealthily stalking you

To prevent AirTags from being tracked without a warning, iOS 15.2 allows you to scan sneaky AirTags that may be stuck on you or in your car to stealthily track you.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Find My on iOS 15.2 has a new option to scan nearby AirTags
  • It is accessible through a new “Items That Can Track Me” option
  • You can see if someone’s AirTag is stalking you

How iOS 15.2 Helps Prevent Unwanted AirTag Tracking

You can see if there is an AirTag that doesn’t belong to you near you by launching the Find My app on your iPhone with iOS 15.2 or later, then clicking the Items tab to see a new option called ” Select items that can track me “. This will ask your iPhone to search your surroundings for unfamiliar AirTags that a bad actor like your ex might use to stealthily track you.

At the same time as MacRumors notes that Apple has replaced the previous “Identify Found Item” link with a new one called “Help with Returning Lost Items.” Despite the name change, the functionality works as before – you would select “Help with Returning Lost Items” in the Find My app on iOS 15.2 if you saw a notification that an unfamiliar AirTag followed you.

This could mean someone has put an AirTag in your pocket or car to keep track of where you are going. It could also mean that you just stumbled upon someone else’s AirTag, or that an AirTag that doesn’t belong to you is within Bluetooth range.

AirTag has anti-tracking features

Apple has built several anti-tracking features into AirTags.

But once the company launched its personal miniature item in 2021, people pointed out that AirTag technology could be used for nefarious purposes like secret tracking. The company will be releasing an Android app later this year to alert Android smartphone owners that they may have been tracked via AirTags without their knowledge.

iOS 15.2 also brings legacy contacts and more

The second beta of iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 brings other functions with it that did not make the breakthrough for the first released iOS 15.0, but were promised at WWDC21. One of them is Legacy Contacts, a new way to pass on your digital legacy after your death. In principle, you name one or more people you trust as your estate contacts. As such, in the unfortunate event of your death, they will have access to your photos, messages, contacts, and other personal information associated with your Apple ID.

The new communication security feature that was pulled earlier is now back in Messages on iOS 15.2. popped up beta 2. It helps protect children from abuse by providing warnings about potentially explicit photos shared through iMessage. In the original version, both children and their parents were informed about this potentially harmful material.

With iOS 15.2 beta 2, however, Communication Safety will blur the picture and display a splash screen providing safety resources but not notifying parents if nudity is detected in the picture. Apple has said that Communication Safety could one day extend to third-party apps like Viber. WhatsApp, Messenger and others.

Further optimizations in iOS 15.2 include a revised interface layout in the TV app, the appearance of a new option “Hide my email” in the mail app and other changes.

But when will these new features be available to the general public in iOS 15.2?

When will the new features of iOS 15.2 come?

Well, Apple usually releases about a half a dozen betas for a single iOS update, sometimes even more, before the software is ready for prime time.

We’re only in the second beta from iOS 15.1. So expect additional betas to be released before the iOS 15.2 update hits all iPhones.

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