Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021, 21:01 Hardware

Apple Introduces AirTag - Find Lost Items the Apple Way

The AirTags have been rumored for a year and a half, and now Apple has officially unveiled the accessory for the first time. After numerous events, at which the AirTags were among the most likely topics in the run-up, the ominous product has finally been announced. We take a look at the search tags and explain how they can come in handy.

What you need AirTag for
Similar to the "Tiles", which are used by many users, Apple's AirTags are used to locate lost objects. An AirTag on your keychain or in your wallet makes it possible to locate them quickly and determine whether you are looking in your own home or have misplaced the item somewhere else. The search is done via Apple's "Find my?" app, which on iPhone 11 and newer even gives directions rather than just a rough location. This can significantly speed up rummaging through the home. Apple chooses the name "Precision Finding" for this - the feedback is visual, haptic as well as acoustic. Apple emphasizes that data protection is also a priority with AirTags. The product is designed to find things - not to track and spy on people.

Pricing and Availability
At least iOS 14.5 must be used on the iPhone to use the tags, which cost $29. That makes the AirTags a lot less expensive than people thought beforehand. A four-pack is also offered, this is available for $99. The accessories can be pre-ordered for the first time on Friday, and Apple plans to start shipping on April 30. If you want, you can also personalize your AirTags and have them imprinted, even emojis are available.



Apple's Press Release
“We’re excited to bring this incredible new capability to iPhone users with the introduction of AirTag, leveraging the vast Find My network, to help them keep track of and find the important items in their lives,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing. “With its design, unparalleled finding experience, and built-in privacy and security features, AirTag will provide customers with another way to leverage the power of the Apple ecosystem and enhance the versatility of iPhone.”

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