Apple Reportedly Working On ‘AirTags’ To Help Find Missing Items
Global tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to unveil a smart tag that attaches to any object to be tracked through an iPhone, according to a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo is a renowned analyst for TF International Securities, who has previously provided credible and accurate reports about Apple products that are being developed. Alongside the prediction that Apple is also working on a 4.7-inch iPhone and high-end headphones, Kuo also forecasts a Bluetooth-enabled smart tag named ‘AirTags.’
‘We forecast that Apple’s major new hardware products in 1H20 include the 4.7-inch LCD iPhone, iPad Pro, MacBook Pro/Air, smaller wireless charging mat, UWB tag, and a high-end Bluetooth headphone,’ Kuo wrote in a research note with TF International Securities, which was then released by MacRumors.
Rumours about the AirTags function has been circulating Apple for almost a year – as early as April 2019, Business Insider reported the company was designing a function that would combine and replace Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps.
The tag will reportedly be linked to an iCloud account through an iPhone and could be attached to items such as a wallet or keys, for relocation if lost.
‘Kuo believes the tags will support Ultra Wideband, which would likely make it possible to locate the tags with much greater accuracy than Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi,’ MacRumors states.
Last August, MacRumors also reported that the function would work with the Find My app and would contain a ‘My Items’ tab, which would be used to locate the items stored inside.
Users would reportedly receive notifications when they were separated from the tags through sound notifications.
But users would still be able to enable ‘safe locations’ so that sound alerts don’t go off if items are stored in designated areas, such as the home.
‘In the Find My app, you can create Safe Locations. If an item with an Apple Tag is in a safe location (such as your home), you’re not going to receive a notification when it’s left behind,’ MacRumors wrote.
AirTags have been rumoured to be more accurate than the average Bluetooth item tracker like Tile because ‘they’re said to take advantage of ultra-wideband technology, which basically offers more accurate indoor positioning,’ according to the website.
‘Apple’s newest iPhones have a U1 ultra-wideband chip so they’re going to be able to track ultra-wideband equipped AirTags more precisely than is possible with Bluetooth alone.’
Apple has not made official comments on the leaks.