Apple may be close to launching its long-rumored AirTags, the company’s competitor to the popular Tile trackers, which use a Bluetooth connection to help you find lost devices. What will you be able to do with Apple’s AirTags and your iPhone, iPad, or Mac? Continue reading to browse seven unique functions from recent AirTags rumors.
AirTags may have a Lost Mode that you can use when your item is lost, and you still can’t find it. In Lost Mode, the AirTag will emit a signal that nearby iPhone owners can detect. When an iPhone owner comes into the vicinity of your lost item, it will send the AirTag owner’s contact information to their phone. The person who found the AirTag then can contact the owner and let them know where it was found.
Simple Find My Integration
Owners can attach an AirTag to another item and then locate it using the Find My app on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Because the AirTags integrate right into the Apple ecosystem, they do not require a third-party app like Tile. That’s a huge benefit for iPhone, iPad, or Mac owners.
Apple is expected to be building augmented reality into its AirTags system. When you lose your AirTag, the Find My app may use AR to help you locate your AirTags in a room. It supposedly will use balloon assets to let you know precisely where an item is located. Apple’s iOS 13 code has a string that says, “walk around several feet and move your iPhone up and down until a balloon comes into view.”
The Find My app will help you locate a lost AirTag through sounds. These audio cues will let you know when you are getting near to your AirTag, when it is within arm’s reach or when you are going in the wrong direction.
Apple AirTags will be equipped with a boundary feature that lets you know when your AirTag has left this safe location. For example, you can put an AirTag on your remote and set your living room as a boundary. If someone grabs the remote and walks into the other room, then you will receive a warning alert.
There is still a lot we don’t know about the AirTags, but rumors suggest the AirTags may be waterproof, allowing you to use them in wet areas or on items that may get wet.
Apple also is exploring whether to use a replaceable CR2032 coin battery or a rechargeable battery. If Apple goes the rechargeable route, the company may include a puck-like charger similar to the Apple Watch.
Apple leaker Jon Prosser recently claimed in a Tweet that Apple’s AirTags are “still on for March.” Prosser added that he has not “heard of any further delays this time,” suggesting Apple has worked at all the kinks and is ready to launch the device as soon as next month.
This information corroborates another recent rumor from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who last month reported that Apple planned to launch the AirTags in 2021.
Apple also reportedly is planning to launch an updated version of the iPad Pro alongside the AirTags. The most significant change to the iPad Pro is expected to be mini-LED backlighting. This mini-LED technology improves battery life and increases the screen’s brightness. Apple also may introduce a new chipset to improve performance, but the overall design of the tablet is expected to stay the same.