Apple AirTag 2 Delayed To 2025
A few months ago, it was predicted mass production of the Apple AirTag 2 would begin in Q4 2024. However, now it appears that mass production has been delayed until 2025.
Originally, the AirTag 2 was set to be released in 2023, and this was pushed back until 2024. Now, another year has been added to the wait, leading into a four-year gap between the first and second generation AirTags.
It remains unclear why Apple is delaying the launch yet again, however, it was reported Apple wants to integrate the AirTag 2 into a “spatial computing ecosystem” with “Vision Pro as the core.” It’s also expected to come with a U2 chips, and other upgrades.
Spatial computing is basically a more advanced version of augmented reality (AR). It combines virtual and physical worlds into an immersive experience.
The Vision Pro headset allows users to interact with such digital environment. The AirTag 2 is supposed to be part of this space. Some rumours are suggesting the tracker will send “positional information” to the headset via its ultra-wideband chip.
Speculation suggests the device could act as a beacon to help the Vision Pro establish a virtual space. Or even offer more precise tracking through the ultra-widened chip.
The Vision Pro is scheduled for a 2024 launch, so the AirTag 2 should arrive soon after.
Apple will face some competition upon the release of the AirTag 2, with Samsung having launched the Galaxy SmartTag2, featuring a huge battery life up to 700 days, along with a “compact, ring-shaped design to help you attach it to objects.”
Google was also supposed to debut its own tag during the Pixel 8 event, but it never materialised.