Today is apparently a stealth launch day for new Apple accessories. After launching the brand new MagSafe Battery Pack, the company is back at it again with new colors for an existing product. This time, it's an accessory for an accessory.
An AirTag safety warning issued in Australia advises parents to keep Apple's personal item tracker away from children due to its easy-to-access battery posing a choking hazard.
Earlier this month, Apple released a firmware update for its first item tracker, the AirTag. That update was meant to improve overall privacy for the accessory. And now the company has issued a slightly revised version of that update.
Apple finally launched its item tracker, the AirTag, earlier this year. And now the company is announcing (before this year's WWDC no less) that major improvements are on the way. That comes in the form of new security measures and an upcoming Android app.
WaterField Designs produces great-looking, sturdy leather accessories for your electronics, their latest release being some nicely designed leather protection for your AirTags.
Apple doesn't usually make products that allow the user to replace its battery, but that has changed with the newly announced AirTag. The company unveiled the AirTag during its recent Spring Loaded event.
The recently announced Apple AirTag offer an easy way to keep a track of things such as keys, AirPods, wallet, etc. While it is mostly similar to other Bluetooth trackers such as Tile, it does have something known as Precision Finding. This offers a more accurate location of the object that you're tracking. The feature is only available on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 series, as these devices have a special chip.
I've been toying around with AirTags since they came out a few weeks ago, and I was impatient to try the only third-party alternative available at this time: the Chipolo ONE Spot. Chipolo is one of only three companies that have been approved by Apple at this time to be part of the Find My network. Out of the three, it's the only company that has built an item tracker similar to AirTag. So if you're in the market for an item tracker that works with the Find My app, your options are either the Apple AirTag or the Chipolo ONE Spot.
With that said, the folks at Chipolo sent me a ONE Spot for review ahead of their official launch later in June. This post will essentially be a Chipolo ONE Spot review and a direct comparison with AirTag.
Whether you've stumbled upon someone else's AirTag that you'd like to return to its owner or discovered an unknown AirTag planted on you that you'd like to identify, you'll need its serial number. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to find the serial number of an unknown AirTag.
I've been running some unscientific tests for the past few days, essentially stalking myself with an AirTag that was set up using an Apple ID other than mine. The goal was to find out how quickly I would get notified about someone tracking me, but I was also curious about what the process would be to alert me about it.
After several days of tracking myself, this is what I found out.
One of the AirTag safety features that Apple designed to discourage unwanted tracking shows a notification when your iPhone senses an unknown AirTag moving with you over time.
Apple's Find My network is a solid feature for folks within the company's ecosystem. It's a great way to track devices. And, apparently, it can also be used to send messages and other data.