Apple AirTags 2021 | What Are AirTags? | Guide

by | May 2, 2021

 Apple AirTags are item trackers that can be attached to objects like backpacks or keychains. They use the Find My ecosystem, a part of iCloud and iOS devices' location-tracking features, to ping nearby Apple devices if they're in the lost mode so users can find them more easily.

Apple AirTags 2021  | What Are AirTags?

What are AirTags?

Apple introduced the revolutionary AirTags at their “Spring Loaded” event in April 2021. The devices are meant to aid users with tracking items that otherwise have no smart features, like backpacks and keys. Use your iPhone's Ultra Wideband chip to find lost objects within minutes of them being misplaced!

 What are AirTags

Apple introduced Ultra Wideband to increase the accuracy of AirDrop by offering a direction-based method to share content. This technology uses triangulation and motion to determine what it is looking for. Apple calls the chip for Ultra-Wideband, U1 chip, which offers more range than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi scanning to find specific things without relying on GPS coordinates that can be inaccurate indoors when there are walls blocking signals from satellites overhead.

What are AirTags, and How Do They Work?

 AirTags work offline and will automatically ping nearby Apple devices to mark their location online. With over 1.5 billion active users of the Find My network on iOS alone, it's possible to track any lost or stolen iPhone anywhere in the world without an internet connection because these devices are constantly pinging each other through Near Field Communication (NFC).

Users can also place their AirTag into Lost Mode, which notifies them when they're within range of where it was last seen and if someone else has found and tagged your phone using NFC technology, so you know who stole or found your missing handset!

Apple AirTag |  What are AirTags

AirTag Privacy 

AirTag is designed with the same privacy and security found in Find My. No location data or location history can be stored inside an air tag, so all of your information remains safe from snoopers trying to find out where you've been. With encryption ensuring that only YOU have access to anything on YOUR devices, there's no need to worry about anyone else grabbing ahold of personal info like directions home!

Apple's new feature for iOS 14.5 will help protect against bad actors hiding trackers on a person without them knowing. If the iPhone detects another device following someone around, such as in their backpack or vehicle, it will alert you of the tracker and let you know if it was created by your own phone so that you can dismiss the notification with no worries!

Apple AirTag |  What are AirTags

 

Apple's new feature for iOS 14.5 will help protect against bad actors hiding trackers on a person without them knowing. If the iPhone detects another device following someone around, such as in their backpack or vehicle, it will alert you of the tracker and let you know if it was created by your own phone so that you can dismiss the notification with no worries!

Apple AirTag |  What are AirTags

AirTags Features

AirTags can be scanned with an NFC-enabled phone to gain information about the owner. The user will not need a specific type of device and it works whether they have an Android or iOS cell phone. To further protect their privacy, AirTag owners may add info like their contact number and name when prompted; otherwise, lost items left in “lost mode” will notify the owner that AirTag has been found.

Apple AirTag |  What are AirTags

The AirTag automatically updates the owner with its location when it loses signal. However, if you are within Bluetooth or Wi-Fi range of your lost Airtag, then Precision Tracking will locate and notify users about their favorite belongings' whereabouts in real-time! The recommended operating distance for this feature is from 30 feet to 40 feet away so that precision tracking can be effective – otherwise, Find My Network will ping the product's last known location until an update arrives through a customer notification.

Apple AirTag |  What are AirTags

The AirTag can be a decent way to track your child, as long as they're not in the middle of nowhere without a signal. However, if that's the case and they wander off from the Precision Tracking range with an AirTag attached, it becomes much less helpful for parents worried about their son or daughter walking too far away.

Apple AirTag |  What are AirTags

The Apple Watch is actually recommended because it has GPS included onboard, allowing you to always know where your kids are!
Pets have a similar issue to home networks. Putting an AirTag on their collar would help find them while they're in the house, but not if they run outside and get picked up by someone else's phone or tablet – only updated iPhones and iPads can ping Find My network. Even then, people need to know that pet-tracking is even possible at all!

How much do AirTags cost?

The AirTag costs $39 for a single device. A pack of four is available for $99. Customers can engrave their AirTag with four text characters or choose from a handful of emojis.

Apple AirTag
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Apple AirTag
  • Keep track of and find your items alongside friends and devices in the Find My app
  • Simple one-tap setup instantly connects AirTag with your iPhone or iPad
  • Play a sound on the built-in speaker to help find your things, or just ask Siri for help
Apple AirTag 4 Pack
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Apple AirTag 4 Pack
  • Keep track of and find your items alongside friends and devices in the Find My app
  • Simple one-tap setup instantly connects AirTag with your iPhone or iPad
  • Play a sound on the built-in speaker to help find your things, or just ask Siri for help

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Size and Weight

Size

  • Diameter: 1.26 inches (31.9 mm)
  • Height: 0.31 inch (8.0 mm)

Weight

  • 0.39 ounce (11 grams)

Splash, Water, and Dust Resistance

  • Rated IP67 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes) under IEC standard 60529

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth for proximity finding
  • Apple-designed U1 chip for Ultra Wideband and Precision Finding
  • NFC tap for Lost Mode

Speaker

  • Built-in speaker

Battery

  • User-replaceable CR2032 coin cell battery

Sensor

  • Accelerometer

System Requirements and Compatibility

  • Apple ID
  • iPhone and iPod touch models with iOS 14.5 or later
  • iPad models with iPadOS 14.5 or later

In the Box

  • AirTag with CR2032 coin cell battery installed
  • Documentation

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