AirTags from Apple are Tiny Trackers the Size of a Button
AirTags from Apple are tiny trackers the size of a button that can be attached to keychains, backpacks, bikes, and other personal items. Once set up. They will then appear in the Find My iPhone app. If your AirTag is lost, stolen, or misplaced in this manner, you will be able to locate whatever it is attached to.
The following are a few points that provide details about AirTags.
- AirTags do not have a defined range. This means that an AirTag can passively communicate with any iPhone (or other Apple device) within Bluetooth range and assist you in finding it. For instance, as long as someone with an iPhone walks near an AirTag, you can locate it hundreds of miles away. However, you won’t be able to locate an AirTag as quickly if you lose it in a remote but nearby location that no one is likely to pass by, like the woods behind your house.
- Although Apple has not specified the AirTag’s specific Bluetooth range, it is believed that each AirTag supports Bluetooth 5.0, which is the same standard as the most recent iPhones. This indicates that the AirTag should be trackable within 800 feet.
- An AirTag does not require charging; however, its battery must be changed. A circular CR2032 battery, which can be purchased on Amazon for a few dollars, powers each AirTag. Flip the AirTag over to the polished metal side, push down, and twist clockwise to remove the battery. Apple says that an AirTag’s battery should last about a year, but we won’t know for sure if that’s true until a year has passed since it was released.
- While the FindMy app will allow you to view the current location of any AirTag that is associated with your account, you will not be able to view an AirTag’s path over time or its location history. In conjunction with some additional security features that will detect and notify you of nearby AirTags that are not yours and are not owned by you unless their owner is also nearby, this is in part an attempt by Apple to limit the AirTag’s utility as a tracking device.
- A maximum of 16 AirTags can be attached to an Apple ID at the same time.
- The IP67 water and dust resistance rating of each AirTag means that it can be submerged for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water. This rating is about the same as that of the iPhone SE 2020, but it isn’t as good as the IP68 rating of the most recent iPhones, which allows them to 30 minutes spent buried in six metres of water. • Each AirTag can only be linked to the Apple ID of one person, so they can’t really be shared with family members. However, if you let someone in your family borrow something with an AirTag, you can disable its sound and safety alerts by selecting “Pause Safety Alerts” in the AirTag’s settings via the Find My app.