11 November 2019
Apple appears to be working on a Tile-like tracker that can be used to keep track of items, especially your small yet important belongings like keys, wallets, and more. The evidence of it has been found on a number of occasions and now the latest one strengthens all those reports.
Recently, the pubic release of iOS 13.2 revealed the name of tracking accessory to be AirTag and now the latest sign puts up a great hint that whatever we have learned so far is indeed true.
Apple has reportedly bought the “AirTag” trademark for its rumored item tracking device from a Russian group of companies that specializes in RFID technology. The information comes courtesy of a Russian media outlet, RBC. It reports that a group called ISBC which describes itself as “The leading smart card” and RFID tag manufacturer has recently sold Apple the “AirTag” trademark as part of the agreement.
Apart from this, some screenshots of the AirTags in action have also been spotted and they pose a good hint that such kind of tracking functionality is indeed under development. The screenshots show an updated Find My app with updated options, of course. At the bottom, there are options like "People," "Devices," "Items," and "Me." These screenshots are similar to what was seen earlier, however, there are a few changes here and there that reflect the feature is still under development.
The AirTags could be small circular white tags that can be attached to items to make them locatable through the Find My app. AirTags may connect to iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more via Bluetooth. They will leverage the ultra-wideband U1 chip in the newest iPhones. The chip is expected to offer a more precise indoor tracking. It is also expected that an AR component will take advantage of the device’s camera and help in pinpointing exactly where an item might be.