Apple’s new AirTag is a disc-shaped tracking gadget that can be attached to items like house keys to help you find them. It is one of the first consumer electronics to support a new wireless technology called ultrawideband. Using this Ultrawideband technology, your iPhone can sense whether an AirTag is an inch or dozens of feet away from it. It lets you detect precise proximity between objects. This technology is so precise that its app even shows an arrow pointing you in the direction of the AirTag.
AirTags are added and managed in the Find My app under the "Items" tab that Apple introduced in iOS 14.3. Each AirTag is visible on a map in the Find My app which enables it to see its location. You can connect your AirTags to your iOS and macOS devices with the help of Bluetooth. There is a U1 chip embedded in each AirTag which enables you to see its precise location indoors or out if it's nearby or its last known location. If accidentally you lose your AirTag in the house, the built-in speakers in the AirTag are designed to play a sound that will help you find your lost AirTag.You can either play a sound through the Find My app or ask Siri to find an AirTag with a sound. If your AirTag is lost or stolen, the Find My network will help you find it. The Find My Network uses hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices to help you locate your AirTag.
In Lost Mode, the AirTag automatically sends out a notification when someone detects it in the Find My network. There is also a feature to add your contact info so someone who finds your item can get in touch with you through it. The U1 chip iPhones i.e, the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 12 models, can take advantage of the Precision Finding feature of the AirTag. This feature lets you see specific instructions on how to get to your lost AirTag. Precision finding combines AR, sound, and haptic feedback to help you out. If you come across a lost AirTag, you can scan it with any smartphone that's equipped with NFC to bring up the contact information. This feature works not only on iPhones but also on Android devices. If you think, charging is going to be an issue with the new AirTag then you are highly mistaken because there is no need or way to charge an AirTag because Apple has designed them with user-replaceable CR2032 batteries. Apple has not yet given the details about the range of the AirTag, but the maximum Bluetooth range is around 100 meters, so according to us, an AirTag should be trackable at least to that distance. The AirTag features IP67 water and dust resistance rating and thus it can withstand immersion in water up to one meter (3.3 feet) for 30 minutes in laboratory conditions. The AirTag can hold up well to liquid exposure from rain or accidental spills which is one of the coolest features.
With one Apple ID, you can keep a track of 16 items at one time because each Apple ID can be associated with up to 16 AirTags.
In case you decide to share an item with an AirTag on it with a friend or even someone who isn’t close enough to you, you can disable safety alerts if they are someone you trust. However, AirTag’s Precision Finding Feature doesn’t work in certain countries like Russia, Indonesia, and Argentina. The complete list is available in the AirTags travel guide.
Also, Apple has designed AirTag to track items, and thus you cannot track your pets or children with it.