Apple’s new AirTags promise you’ll never lose your keys again
Apple has launched a new type of gadget to help you keep track of lost items.
The AirTags are small, Bluetooth-enabled trackers that you can attach to things like your keys or your wallet.
The tech giant announced them last night alongside an updated version of the iPad Pro and a slew of colourful new iMac computers.
Connecting to the Find My app on a user’s Apple devices, each individual AirTag and the item they are attached to can then be tracked down. Users can view the item’s current or last known location on a map.
AirTags are water-resistant and contain a small speaker to emit a sound to help locate them.
An individual AirTag will cost £29 when they go on sale on April 30, with four-packs for £99.
Each AirTag is equipped with the Apple-designed U1 chip using Ultra Wideband technology, enabling ‘Precision Finding’ for iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 users.
This advanced technology can more accurately determine the distance and direction to a lost AirTag when it is in range. As a user moves, Precision Finding fuses input from the camera, ARKit, accelerometer, and gyroscope, and then will guide them to AirTag using a combination of sound, haptics, and visual feedback.
‘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.’