Apple launches AirTags, for locating misplaced stuff – NZ Herald


Apple’s $55 AirTag will include an optionally available leather-based keyring (pictured, worth TBA). Photograph / AP

Apple has used its first huge occasion of 2021 to preview a Tile-like tracker, the AirTag, a purple model of its iPhone 12, thinner iMacs sporting its M1 chip, a brand new iPad Professional – additionally gaining the M1 – and extra.

The AirTag is designed to be connected to a key, pockets or another merchandise you would possibly lose. Every AirTag makes use of Bluetooth wi-fi to pings its location. Apple says indicators are encrypted for privateness.

If an merchandise does get misplaced, then you’ll be able to try and find its AirTag utilizing the identical “Discover My” functions that Apple customers can at the moment interact to find a misplaced iPhone or iPad on a map.

 Apple's new AirTag allows users to securely locate and keep track of their valuables using the Find My app - which Apple also recently opened up to third-party gadgets, too. Photo / AP
Apple’s new AirTag permits customers to securely find and hold observe of their valuables utilizing the Discover My app – which Apple additionally not too long ago opened as much as third-party devices, too. Photograph / AP

Whereas Bluetooth’s vary is restricted to round 30m, an AirTag can consistently ping its location to the cloud. And, like Tile, a search will be crowdsourced. Apple says there at the moment are a couple of million gadgets on its “Discover My” community, with anonymity protections.

AirTag shall be out there on April 30 for $55 for a one-pack (a contact beneath Tile’s retail worth), or $189 for a four-pack ((all pricing in NZ {dollars}). Engraving is free.

Apple says the battery will final a few 12 months (roughly the identical because the Tile). There was no quick phrase on substitute battery prices.

Preorders start this Friday at 12am for New Zealanders. Apple has additionally created leather-based loop and key ring equipment that the AirTag can slot into, and the corporate can be working with accent makers to create baggage tag enclosures for the AirTag itself.

AirTags require an iPhone 11 or 12.


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