The Apple AirTags are a great way to find things you’ve lost, and they’re easy to use.
They’re easy to set up and use, and the Precision Finding feature makes it easy to find things you’ve lost. Apple has put a lot of thought into privacy to make sure that the location trackers can’t be used in bad ways.
But they are expensive accessories, especially if you want to put one on your keys or a bag strap.
AirTag, Apple’s long-awaited location-tracking device, is now official.
Even though it’s small, it’s likely to be very useful if you’re always losing things like keys, wallets, and other small items.
If an airbag is paired with an iPhone 11 or later, you can use the Find My app to get accurate directions to an item that has been tagged.
This is in addition to the electronic beep that the tag makes when you can’t find it.
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Precision Finding uses the iPhone’s accelerometer, camera, and gyroscope to show you on-screen directions, your current distance from the airbag, and haptic feedback when you’re getting close to finding it.
You can also use Apple’s Find My Device network to help you find an AirTag that you’ve lost, not just misplaced.
Just put the AirTag into Lost mode, and if another device in the network passes by it, you’ll get an anonymous update on where it is.
You can also give a lost AirTag a phone number so that if someone finds it, they can tap it with their iPhone or any other NFC-enabled device to see the phone number and call you.
Apple has also thought a lot about privacy and has taken several steps to make sure that AirTags can’t be used in bad ways.
This means you can’t activate an AirTag on behalf of someone else, and your iPhone, iPad or other iOS devices can identify if an unknown AirTag is travelling around with you, alerting you that the owner can see your location.
On top of that, the airbag will draw attention to itself by playing a sound if it’s been separated from its owner for a long period but still moves location.
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If someone borrows an item of yours to which an AirTag is attached, and they’re getting an unknown AirTag alert, they can choose to pause these alerts for a day, or indefinitely if the AirTag is registered to an Apple ID that’s a member of your family sharing group.
The disc-shaped tracker can be slipped into a wallet or bag, but if you want to attach it to keys or other items you’ll have to purchase an optional key fob or loop that it slots into; however, these will set you back the same price, and in some cases more, than the AirTag itself, meaning an AirTag certainly isn’t the most affordable location tracker on the market.
And, like many Apple products, it only works with iOS devices.
However, if you’re regularly forgetting where you left your keys or wallet, or just want the peace of mind that you could quickly find a misplaced item, then an AirTag will be a sensible purchase.
Apple AirTag Price?
A single Apple AirTag costs $29 / £29 / AU$45; you can also purchase a pack of four for $99 / £99 / AU$149.
AirTags can be pre-ordered now and will go on sale on April 30.
What About Its Design!
At about the size of a quarter or a £2 coin, the AirTag is extremely compact – it measures 1.26 x 1.26 x 0.31 inches / 3.19 x 3.19 x 0.8cm and weighs just 0.4oz / 11g.
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The stainless steel disc has a removable plastic cover, which secures the CR2032 battery that powers the AirTag, and a built-in speaker, which will emit a sound if the Find My app on an iPhone, iPad or Mac is used to identify its location.
What About Its Performance!
Like most iPhone accessories, the AirTag proved extremely simple to set up.
Once we’d removed the packaging, the AirTag emitted a short beep and was immediately recognised by our iPhone.
We were able to assign a name to the airbag, and it was assigned to our Apple ID, showing up in the Items tab.
It was also very simple to slip the AirTag into the leather key fob and loop accessories, enabling us to attach them to our keys, and the strap of a bag.
What About Its Battery Life!
Apple’s AirTag is powered by a CR2032 battery, and Apple says it will last more than a year before it needs replacing – that’s based on causing the tracker to emit a sound four times a day, and one instance of using Precision Finding per day.
We can’t yet test these claims of course, and there’s no battery level indicator, so we weren’t able to gauge just how much our heavy testing depleted the battery.
The battery is easy to replace: you hold the AirTag with the coloured side down, place two fingers on the metal side and twist to the right to pop off the metal cover, exposing the battery.