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The AirTag is a location tracking device that was announced by Apple on April 20, 2021.[1]

Usage

AirTags utilize Bluetooth and can be located through the Find My app. iPhone 11 and later models with the Apple U1 chip can locate them more quickly with Precision Finding. AirTags can also be set to play a sound. It is powered by a standard user-replaceable CR2032 battery which is expected to last at least a year.[2]

Lost AirTags can be discovered wirelessly by other Android and iPhone users, but owner information is kept private, with the exception of the lost message pre-set by the owner.[3]

Availability

AirTags went on pre-order on April 23, 2021 and are scheduled to ship by April 30. They are available individually or in packs of four with the option of personalization with emoji or text characters at no extra charge.[2]

Development

Regulatory testing of AirTags for the Federal Communications Commission commenced in 2019 and code began appearing in iOS 13 in June of that year.[4] Official testing reports were issued in September and October 2020.[5]

Anti-stalking features

On February 10, 2022, Apple announced revisions to its Find My software to discourage misuse of AirTags for stalking purposes.[6] As AirTag owners are identified by their Apple ID, the safety features allowed Apple to cooperate with law enforcement, leading to the arrest of a man who had been misusing an AirTag in violation of a protection-from-abuse order in Pennsylvania.[7]

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References

  1. Apple Event — April 20 by Apple, YouTube. 2021-04-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Apple introduces AirTag, Apple Inc. 2021-04-20.
  3. Apple AirTags will, sort of, work with Android phones by Hamish Hactor, TechRadar 2021-04-21.
  4. Apple began regulatory testing for AirTag in 2019, FCC documents show by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider. 2021-04-23.
  5. Apple Began Preparing for AirTag Regulatory Approval Nearly Two Years Ago by Sami Fathi, MacRumors. 2021-04-23.
  6. Apple announces AirTag, Find My changes to cut down on stalking & misuse by Mike Peterson. AppleInsider. 2022-02-10.
  7. Apple's AirTag safety features credited for arrest of stalker by Wesley Hilliard. AppleInsider. 2022-02-16.

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