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Apple To Make Suspect AirTags Alert You Sooner

With mounting reports of Apple’s AirTag device being used as a tool for stalking, including the situation where Sports Illustrated model Brooks Nader had one slipped into her jacket pocket at a bar, the company say they are going to improve safeguards against unwanted tracking, but it looks like they won’t come into effect until later this year.

Apple says users will be alerted sooner if an unknown AirTag is with them. They will also make it easier to find one nearby by “adjusting the tone sequence”, as well as guiding you directly to any suspect AirTag by using the ultrawideband chip available on newer model iPhones.

“AirTag was designed to help people locate their personal belongings, not to track people or another person’s property, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products,” they say, acknowledging an increase of reports the product is being used for dodgy purposes.

They say they are working with the law on all AirTag-related requests.

In future software updates, there will be a new privacy warning when setting up an AirTag, warning that using it for unwanted tracking is a crime.

But realistically, did the warning about video piracy at the start of a rented movie ever really scare off anyone?

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