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Apple Airtag: A New Way to Track Your Stuff
Q1. What is Apple AirTag?
Apple’s Airtag is a simple way to stay connected with your things in this digitally connected world. An iPhone accessory provides a private and secure way to locate items that matter to you.
But we should not forget that Apple is not the pioneer of trackers. It’s just trying to expand its Find My ecosystem with AirTag.
Apple’s AirTag is a product to rival Tile and other companies including Locca, Hum, Whistle, TrackR, and Pebblebee Finder who are already in the game.
Q2. How Does the AirTag work?
Apple says Airtags works the same as pairing AirPods. You can see it in the new items tab of the Find My app and name the items it is connected with.
Assume that you are at your home and you’ve lost your keys. Then you’ll probably still be within the Bluetooth range of your AirTag.
In this case, you can go to Find my and it will detect Bluetooth signals from your Airtags. After that, you’ll be able to use the built-in speaker that will guide you to their location.
To add the cherry on top, AirTags have Siri-support, so you can command your iOS assistant to help you locate the lost item.
This part of the equation is simple. But, once we step outside the house, then things get a lot more interesting.
Q3. So, What Happens if you are Out of Bluetooth Range?
Now, if you’ve justified something far behind with Airtag attached to it, for instance on a park bench, you can open Find My network and see its last known location.
Your devices will send the location of your AirTag to iCloud and then you can see it on a map.
If you leave something behind then you can at least return to the same spot and collect it.
Q4. What Happens if Something is Really Lost?
In that case, you can put your AirTag into Lost mode.
In lost mode, your phones will notify you when your tag is within the range of the Find My network.
Or, if someone else happens to stumble on your AirTag, she or he can simply use an iPhone or any NFC-capable device to view your contact number (if it’s listed).
If you are still wondering!
Tags and the Find My app leverage Apple’s U1 chip with Ultra-Wideband technology to use Precision Finding.
This feature relies on camera input, ARKit, accelerometer, and gyroscope to guide you to your AirTag. It also uses sound, haptic, and visual feedback to help you find your item.
On top of the U1 chip, AirTag uses Bluetooth, so that anyone with an iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5 devices will be able to use them.
To help you easily navigate, the Find My app will give you helpful notes, for instance, how many feet away your AirTag is and in which direction.
Apple’s Airtags are for everyone, hence their Precision Finding also has a voice-over option to help low-vision or blind users.
All that sounds great!
But, if you are a skeptical person like me, then you must have some security and privacy concerns.
Am I right or am I right?
Indeed, Apple’s Airtag leverages the Find My network. To ensures that you can locate AirTags in most situations, nearly a billion iOS devices around the world participate in it.
But this also means they can be tracked very closely, which opens the possibility of them being abused.
Q5. Is Apple Airtag Secure?
Apple’s name has been synonymous with ‘Privacy and Security for many. And, even with their new product, they have eliminated the problem of security as much as possible.
“AirTag is designed to track items, not people,” Wolfman-Estrada said during the Apple spring event.
airbags are tiny, lightweight discs so they won’t weigh down keyrings or backpacks. This makes them easy to slip into someone’s bag.
So, what happens if someone tries to use Airtag to stalk you from their own Apple device.
To address this, if the Find My app in your phone detects an AirTag not attached to your Apple ID it will immediately alert you.
Q6. But What Happens When you don’t own an iPhone?
In that case, the Airtag itself will raise an audible alert to let you know it’s there.
Apple says “Bluetooth signal identifiers transmitted by AirTag rotate frequently to prevent unwanted location tracking. iOS devices can also detect an AirTag that isn’t with its owner, and notify the user if an unknown AirTag is seen to be traveling with them from place to place over time.”
Besides, to stop someone slipping an AirTag into your pocket, you will be able to detect if an unknown AirTag appears to be moving with you.
Q7. Will you be able to see Devices Near your AirTag?
AirTags use Apple’s network to locate missing devices, but Apple says, “no location data or location history is physically stored inside AirTag.”
Despite, Apple’s several claims Forbes shared the risk Airtag users will still face.
Now, let’s get real.
Q8. How Much Does an AirTag Cost?
In the US, Apple AirTag is prices at $29 for on or $99 for a pack of four.
You can carry your Airtags with style with a range of extra accessories available to buy separately, including Parisian fashion brand Hermes accessories.
And, to add the final Apple touch, you will be able to customize it with your initials or a sweet emoji. That is for free.
You can always find rival alternatives to Apple products, in this case, its Tile. While Airtags are relatively new, Tile has been around for quite some time.
This raises an obvious question:
Q9. Which is Better Airtag or Tile?
While we can tell you which one’s better, but we can share their similarities and difference. This will help you judge them on your own.
AirTag and Tile’s trackers share many important features, such as:
- Close-range Bluetooth tracking
- Location tracking
- Built-in speaker for audio alerts
- Replaceable batteries
But the differences are more pronounced when it comes to other features.
Now, let me tell you a secret!
While it’s a no-brainer that both the tracker are great, AirTags tends to be more accurate than a Tile tracker with standard tracking on a map.
Also, as we know Apple’s Find my network is made up of all the iPhones, iPads, Macs, and iPad the total number is approaching a billion. Its network is a more extensive network over Tile’s, which accounts for millions.
Before, we wrap us, here are few things you should know about Airtags usage.
Q10. Which iPhones Work Best with AirTags?
Precision Finding is compatible with iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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