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At its jam-packed "Spring Loaded" event today, Apple finally announced its long-rumored item tracker, called AirTags. AirTags allow users to keep track of items such as their keys, bags, and more using the Find My network, and ultra-wideband technology.

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AirTags are small in design, and according to Apple, this small design means that it is water-resistant per the IP67 industry rating. An IP67 rating means that AirTags are water-resistant with a maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes. Despite this rating, Apple says the resistance may “decrease as a result of normal wear.”


As for battery life, Apple says that AirTags, thanks to their use of low-energy, and encrypted Bluetooth, feature more than a year of battery life. Once the battery does run out, it can easily be replaced since they use a CR2032 coin cell battery. Learn more about AirTags.

Article Link: AirTags Feature IP67 Water Resistance, User Replaceable Battery That Lasts a Year
 
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k1im

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Does the tag work as a button? Like for example Chipolo?
Would be neat to take pictures if your phone on a tripod, or double click so you can find your phone, no?
 

Sasparilla

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Apple seems to have hit it out of the park with these. Was assuming it wouldn't be user replaceable, this is great. Have to add that commercial they showed for AirTags had me laughing through much of it, was awesome.

Apple is going to be selling all they can make of alot of the stuff they announced today.
 
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Ronal

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the tag seems stupid but the software packed is awesome and its something others cant match. BUT one thing still left unanswered

"AirTag is designed to discourage unwanted tracking. If someone else’s AirTag finds its way into your stuff, your iPhone will notice it’s traveling with you and send you an alert. After a while, if you still haven’t found it, the AirTag will start playing a sound to let you know it’s there.

Of course, if you happen to be with a friend who has an AirTag, or on a train with a whole bunch of people with AirTag, don’t worry. These alerts are triggered only when an AirTag is separated from its owner."

so if the thief has an iPhone he would know there is a tag attached?
 

Jgltno

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I need at least 4 AirTags to start 😅 One for my dogs collar, my keys, my bag, and 1 double sided to the Apple TV remote. I lose that remote every day on the hour. The second you look away, BOOM! Couch swallowed it up into the abyss. 😂 I do have my trusty Tiles which I highly recommend. It has saved me at least a dozen times in the last 6 months. No brainer if you tend to misplace things easily. Which I do a lot.
 
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gsmornot

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Apple is full of curve balls. I sort of expected the tags to be wireless charging so you could set them on a watch charger or any other charger. I guessed watch based on size but a CR2032 works too. I will pick up at least a 4 pack and put them on a few items and have one for checked bags when I travel more.
 

RedTheReader

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This is a really, really smart move on Apple's part. Not needing to charge this makes it a product that's very easy to maintain and being able to change the battery yourself makes it one that'll last for a long, long time. They actually made it easy instead of doing it their own Apple way (like making us still use lightning ports on iPhones when all our other products are USB-C).

I wouldn't have expected this from Apple, but I'm glad they chose to do it this way!
 

bluespark

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the tag seems stupid but the software packed is awesome and its something others cant match. BUT one thing still left unanswered

"AirTag is designed to discourage unwanted tracking. If someone else’s AirTag finds its way into your stuff, your iPhone will notice it’s traveling with you and send you an alert. After a while, if you still haven’t found it, the AirTag will start playing a sound to let you know it’s there.

Of course, if you happen to be with a friend who has an AirTag, or on a train with a whole bunch of people with AirTag, don’t worry. These alerts are triggered only when an AirTag is separated from its owner."

so if the thief has an iPhone he would know there is a tag attached?
Well, the alert would go to your phone, so you presumably could track the tag once alerted with nothing at that point to tip off the thief.
 

alexandr

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Apple is full of curve balls. I sort of expected the tags to be wireless charging so you could set them on a watch charger or any other charger. I guessed watch based on size but a CR2032 works too. I will pick up at least a 4 pack and put them on a few items and have one for checked bags when I travel more.
it would be such a s.show if you had to charge these regularly — this way is sooo much better...
 
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