We can’t deny that our memories are limited. Thus, there’s a chance of misplacing treasured or important items (especially keys) due to a lack of recollection. But trust technology to have a backup plan via Apple’s highly anticipated AirTag.
To be fair, there have been other trackers (or finders) like Tile and Chipolo before the advent of AirTag. If anything, the AirTag is just another expansion to Apple’s burgeoning ecosystem.
Apple has introduced this small, lightweight yet nifty iPhone gadget to help record and locate items using the Find My app. Anything essential or deem precious can be traced as AirTag taps into the global Find My network to track down a lost item while keeping location data private and anonymous with end-to-end encryption—Bluetooth signal identifiers transmitted by AirTag rotate frequently to prevent unwanted location tracking. So, no funny business like using it as a stalking device.
On a test run, AirTag beeps continuously with an in-built speaker when separated from its owner after some time. iOS devices can also detect AirTags that aren’t with their owners and notify the users if an unknown AirTag is seen to be travelling with them from place to place over time. In addition, if an unknown AirTag is present, users can tap on their iPhone or NFC-capable devices and follow instructions to disable it.
Every AirTag contains an Apple-designed U1 chip that uses ultra-wideband technology for precision finding. Connectivity is a cinch that mirrors AirPods pairing procedure and provides virtual name customisation for your items. Buyers can personalise their AirTags with free text engraving and a selection of 31 emojis when purchasing trackers online.
Apple’s AirTag features a sleek precision-etched polished stainless steel design and comes with a wide range of Apple-designed accessories, including a polyurethane loop, leather loop and leather key ring. The enclosure of each accessory fits securely around the AirTag while conveniently attaching to a user’s belongings. Colours and designs are aplenty to showcase your personality too.
Now the hunt begins. Tagged items appear in the Find My app showing their current or last known locations on a map. If an AirTag-paired item is misplaced but within Bluetooth range, use the app (which emits a sound from the AirTag) to locate the item. Or ask Siri, and AirTag will play a sound if the item is placed nearby. Otherwise, the Find My network can help track it down if the AirTag is separated from its owner and out of Bluetooth range.
Lost it in the dense urban jungle? Activate ‘Lost Mode’ and be notified when the item is in range or has been located by the Find My network. If a lost AirTag is found, a fellow user can use their iPhone or any NFC-capable device to access a website displaying its owner’s phone number (if provided). Now, you and your prized possessions are truly inseparable.
Apple AirTag is available in one and four packs for SGD45 and SGD149 respectively. It can be purchased from the Apple web store, Apple Store app and Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Resellers.