A hidden AirTag diagnostics overlay has been discovered in Apple's Find My app, allowing you to see various technical details about how the tracking featrues are working.
If you'd like to use an AirTag item tracker that someone else has previously used but forgot to reset, you'll need to disassociate it from the owner's account. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to reset the AirTag which will remove that item tracker from an Apple ID account. Doing so will enable you to easily use the AirTag with a different Apple ID.
If you've been wondering whether AirTags, Apples' personal item trackers, work with the Family Sharing feature so you could share AirTags with family members, we have bad news for you.
The AirTag, Apple's personal item tracker, has sparked concerns of child safety after an Australian retailer pulled the product from its stores because kids can easily access its battery.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS:Australian retailer Officeworks has pulled AirTags from sale. Officeworks has more than 160 stores across the country. The device's removable battery has sparked child safety concerns. Apple's design lets kids easily remove the AirTag battery cover. Officeworks pulls AirTags from sale in Australia
Officeworks has confirmed it's now pulled the AirTags from its shelves until further notice. According to the retailer, the decision was made over child safety concerns. Accessibility of the accessory's cell battery seems to be at the heart of this issue. To remove the tiny CR2032 battery powering Apple's personal item tracker, you just press down on the polished stainless steel battery cover, then rotate counterclockwise until the cover stops rotating.
As per user reports on Reddit, some folks were told by an Officeworks representative that the AirTag got removed due to safety concerns over the accessibility of the product's battery.
An Officeworks representative told Gizmodo:
The Apple Air Tag range will temporarily be unavailable for purchase from Officeworks. The product will not be stocked by Officeworks until further guidance is provided from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Officeworks continues to work with Apple to address any safety concerns.
While the retailer went to great lengths to avoid mentioning the words "children" and "kids" in its written statement to Gizmodo, the Cupertino tech giant had more to share on the matter.Apple's comment on AirTag removal
Here's what Apple wrote in an email to Gizmodo:
AirTag is designed to meet international child safety standards, including those in Australia, by requiring a two step push-and-turn mechanism to access the user-replaceable battery. We are following the regulations closely and are working to ensure that our products will meet or exceed new standards, including those for package labelling, well ahead of the timeline required.
Gizmodo Australia reminds us that the government of Australia recently requires that companies put warning symbols on packaging for their button cell battery products.
It’s our understanding that Apple is planning on updating the AirTag product packaging and warnings in Australia to comply with this new Information Standard. The deadline for this isn’t until June 21, 2022. At the time of writing AirTags are still available to purchase from Apple online as well as other retailers such as JB Hi-Fi and Big W.
Therefore, it doesn’t seem like there has been a directive from the ACCC.What's the Australian watchdog saying?
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACC) has acknowledged that it is aware of child safety concerns with the AirTag cell batteries. “The ACCC is aware of reports raising concerns about the accessibility of button batteries in the Apple AirTag product,” said an ACCC spokesperson. Apple hasn't said whether it's in contact with the consumer watchdog.
Button cell batteries pose a major issue in Australia, where three children have died from swallowing these tiny batteries since 2013, prompting the ACCC to respond with a safety campaign spotlighting the issue.
AirTags, Apple's personal item trackers, have been used for all sorts of purposes, ranging from tracking checked luggage, children and pets (Apple says you shouldn't be doing that) to tracking your personal belongings, such as car keys or your AirPods, to using these tiny accessories as parked car locators, anti-theft bike trackers and beyond.
Responding to concerns that its new personal item tracker, dubbed AirTag, could be used to secretly track individuals, Apple has now responded by laying out new details about the safety features that the company built into its Find My network to prevent unwanted tracking.
Apple's AirTag is a small disc, and it's designed to help you find lost items. It's very similar to many other item trackers out there. Except for one, potentially very important detail.
Way, way back in 2019 (which feels like forever ago), the first rumor regarding Apple's Tile-like item tracking device surfaced. We've been hearing about the device that would eventually be called AirTag off-and-on ever since. But it was only this month that Apple finally made the product officially official.
Earlier this month, before Apple's Spring Loaded event, a company called Chipolo announced the ONE Spot item tracker. It's a capable accessory, but it made headlines because of the fact it was the first third-party item tracker to support Apple's Find My network.
As Apple opens pre-orders for the AirTag, we thought you'd be interested in the various tidbits about this inexpensive personal item tracker that weren't originally shared at the unveiling.
Apple is advising against using its new AirTag personal item tracker for tracking kids and pets, saying tracking kids is safer with an Apple Watch set up for the Family Setup feature.
Apple's first event for 2021 was a busy one, and yet the company hummed right along and wrapped it up within an hour. But in that time, Apple announced quite a few new products.