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Apple’s AirTag trackers show promise, but they lack a key feature. Unlike Tile and other location trackers, AirTags do not have an integrated clip or loop for attaching them to other items. Owners must purchase a standalone case, like the pricey leather holders on Apple’s website. Not everyone wants to drop a lot of cash on a keychain holder, so it’s not surprising to see DIYers come up with an alternative.
According to MacRumors forum member Smythey, you can drill a hole into an AirTag without damaging the internal components. Smythey drilled a small hole on the outer edge of the tracker and put a piece of string through the hole. It’s not a very elegant look, but it works to attach the AirTag to a keychain. When drilling the hole, owners need to make sure they are drilling through the plastic housing as close to the edge as possible.
A YouTube teardown of the small tracker reveals the internal layout of the device and the position of the logic board. Not surprisingly, the AirTag has a round circuit board that is slightly smaller than the casing. There is just enough room to drill a small hole at the edge of the plastic casing.
Drilling such a hole may be convenient, but owners should know that such a modification will void the warranty. It could also damage the tracker either during the drilling or afterward if moisture were to seep into the hole.