Monday, September 20, 2021

Apple introduces AirTag

Apple expands the FindMy with AirTag, an iPhone accessory that provides a private and secure way to easily locate the items that matter most, available beginning Friday, April 30.

Apple AirTag accessories
Apple AirTag accessories / Apple

AirTags are accessories used for attaching to backpack, keys, luggage, and other things. Any U1 device like iPhone 12 can be used for finding the item you’re looking for. Combining visual, haptic, and audio feedback, AirTag aims to make keeping track of your things simple

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“We’re excited to bring this incredible new capability to iPhone users with the introduction of AirTag, leveraging the vast Find My network, to help them keep track of and find the important items in their lives,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing. “With its design, unparalleled finding experience, and built-in privacy and security features, AirTag will provide customers with another way to leverage the power of the Apple ecosystem and enhance the versatility of iPhone.”

 

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Apple iphone12 precision finding
Apple iPhone12 precision finding / Apple

Each AirTag is made of stainless steel and is IP67 water and dust resistant. The small devices feature a built-in speaker that plays sounds to help locate them, and the cover is removable so users can easily replace the battery.

Apple airtag pairing screen
Apple AirTag pairing screen / Apple

‌AirTags‌ has a similar setup method as Apple’s AirPods. Bringing an AirTag close to ‌the iPhone‌ will connect them. You can assign an AirTag to an item and name it. Apple says AirTag location data is kept private and anonymous with end-to-end encryption.

‌AirTags‌ can be placed in a bag or pocket on their own, or attached to a range of Apple-designed AirTag accessories.

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Once an AirTag is set up, it will appear in the new Items tab in the ‌Find My‌ app, where you can view the item’s current or last known location on a map.

Apple iphone12 findmy item list
Apple iPhone 12 FindMy item list / Apple

If an AirTag is separated from its owner and out of Bluetooth range, the ‌Find My‌ network can help track it down. You can place AirTag into Lost Mode and be notified when it is in range or has been located by the ‌Find My‌ network. If a lost AirTag is found by someone, they can tap it using their ‌iPhone‌ or any NFC-capable device and be taken to a website that will display a contact phone number for the owner, if they have provided one.

Apple iphone12 findmy
Apple iPhone 12 FindMy / Apple

The trackers can be personalized with engravings and emojis. ‌AirTags‌ start at $29 each or $99 for a four-pack. Online orders open this Friday, with ‌AirTags‌ shipping April 30.

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