27 April 2021
Apple AirTag, the item tracker finally went official at Apple’s special Spring Loaded event. The tiny device, which is circular in shape has the capability to precisely locate your lost items. Apple announces AirTag leverages Find My network to locate and track your belongings.
AirTag comes with a built-in speaker that plays sound to help you locate the lost item. Users can assign AirTag to any item like keys, handbag, backpack, or any other belonging you do not wish to go out of your sight.
AirTag is essentially a small and lightweight device made out of polished stainless steel. It is also IP67 rated which makes it water and dust resistant. It comes with a removable cover that makes it easy for users to replace the battery. Apple mentions that connecting AirTag with your iPhone is as easy as connecting its wireless audio accessory AirPods.
Once the setup is complete, AirTag will appear in the new Items tab in the Find My app. Using this app, users can view the item’s current or last known location on a map. In case a connected item gets misplaced, the user can track it using the Find My app. All they have to do is use the app to play the sound from the AirTag and track their lost belongings by following the sound. Users can also ask Siri to find their item and AirTag will play a sound if it is nearby.
AirTag is equipped with an Apple-designed U1 chip and has Ultra-Wideband technology that enables precision finding for iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 users. This means using this tech AirTag can locate a lost item more accurately. With the help of this tech, AirTag precisely determines the distance and direction to a lost AirTag when it is in range.
As a user moves, Precision Finding fuses input from the camera, ARKit, accelerometer, and gyroscope, and then will guide them to AirTag using a combination of sound, haptics, and visual feedback.
If an AirTag goes completely lost or out of Bluetooth range, it can still be found using the Find My network. Users just have to put that particular AirTag into Lost Mode to get notified when it is in range or has been located by the vast Find My network.
The Find My network is approaching a billion Apple devices and can detect Bluetooth signals from a lost AirTag and relay the location back to its owner, all in the background, anonymously and privately.
Apple also stresses that AirTag keeps location data private and secure. No location data or history is stored inside the accessory, and communication with the Find My network is end-to-end encrypted.
Apple also announced that one can customize the AirTag with free engraving, including text and a selection of 31 emoji. Users can choose from a wide range of Apple-designed AirTag accessories, including Polyurethane Loop, Leather Loop and Leather Key Ring. Apple ensures that the enclosure of each accessory securely grips AirTag, while conveniently attaching to a user’s belongings.
The price of the AirTag is $29 and a pack of four costs $99. It will launch on April 30.