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Apple AirTags design and battery
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The rear is slightly convex, so sticking may be an issue (Image credit: Apple)Image 3 of 5
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It’s possible you could stick using the flat front edge (Image credit: Apple)
Apple has made these small AirTag devices with a plastic rear and the metal front housing all the mechanics — in doing so, it’s made them water resistant, although there’s no IP rating here so we assume you shouldn’t use them to track a goldfish.
As we’ve asked above, we’re not sure whether these can be stuck flush to a device — while it looks unlikely given the slightly bulbous back, if you head to the official Apple AirTags page in Safari on an iPhone, you can view them in AR.
When the phone detects a surface, it places the AirTag on it as if it were stuck — so perhaps this will be a feature.
Here’s something interesting — looking at Apple AirTags in AR will attach them to the nearest surface if you use an iPhone with LiDAR. Will they be stickable after all? #AppleEvent2021 pic.twitter.com/u7awCuyptbApril 20, 2021
Apple is touting the fact that its AirTags are power efficient enough to last a year, and the battery inside is removable and replaceable too. That’s good to see given the brand has been making a big deal about how sustainable it wants its operations to be.
There’s even a video outlining how this will work — it looks like it’ll be delicate, but easy enough:
AirTags have a user-replaceable coin cell battery that Apple says should last for about a year. There’s a little tutorial on iOS teaching you how to perform the delicate operation. pic.twitter.com/g0g61MCnSBApril 20, 2021
Apple AirTags: privacy
There’s a strong suspicion that Apple could have launched the AirTags many months ago, but couldn’t get the privacy angle right. What if someone wanted to track you by slipping an AirTag into your coat or bag?
Apple’s got around that issue by bringing in ‘Unwanted Tag Detection’. You’ll need to set up your tag with your own Apple device at the start, and if you then were to try and place it on someone else, they’d get a notification.
If they still didn’t notice on their phone — perhaps the battery is dead — then the Tag will just start to emit a noise to let you know it’s there.
Apple is making privacy a big deal with these tags, so the notion that it might have delayed them to get this feature right makes sense:
«Only you can see where your AirTag is. Your location data and history are never stored on the AirTag itself. Devices that relay the location of your AirTag also stay anonymous, and that location data is encrypted every step of the way. So not even Apple knows the location of your AirTag or the identity of the device that helps find it.»
Apple AirTag accessories
The new Hermes enclosures for the AirTags (Image credit: Apple)
Apple’s making a big deal about the accessories that you can buy with the new AirTags — the headliner being the $349 / £299 Hermes keyring that allows you to carry your Tags in a fashionable way.
If you wanted to spend a little less, you can get the official Apple AirTag loop for $29 / $29, or Belkin are doing a rubber holder for just $12.95 / £11.95 if you want to get really ‘cheap’ on this.
Given these are just enclosures for the Apple AirTags, we’d imagine a massive aftermarket is about to open up for them — so expect sticky pads, dirt-cheap keyrings and even clothing to appear in the near future if the Apple AirTags ecosystem takes off as expected.
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