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Tile today is offering two flash sales on some of its most popular Bluetooth trackers. To start, the Tile Pro 2-pack is on sale for $34.99, down from $59.99. Secondly, you can get the Tile Essentials 4-pack for $39.99, down from $69.99.

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The Tile Pro is considered the company's high-performance tracker, with a 400ft range, the loudest ring possible among the Tile family, and a 1-year replaceable battery. Tile Pro are meant to be placed on key rings, bags, important accessories, and more, and if you ever lose your items you can track them down via the connected Tile app on your smartphone.

The Tile Essentials 4-pack includes 2 Tile Stickers, 1 Tile Mate, and 1 Tile Slim. The Tile Mate is one step down from the Tile Pro and offers a range of 200ft for item tracking. The Tile Slim is built to mimic the look of a credit card and can fit easily into your wallet, while the Tile Sticker is the company's smallest tracker and can be easily attached to most items with its sticky adhesive backing.

Tile has made a name for itself as one of the best-known Bluetooth tracking companies, but it's been fighting back against recent changes made by Apple in iOS 13. Tile claims that Apple's Bluetooth and location tracking services have hurt its business, allowing Apple to get a leg up on these services with the new "Find My" app, and causing Tile users to go through a series of buried menus in order to place Tile as the preferred Bluetooth tracker on its device.

Furthermore, Apple is rumored to launch its own dedicated "AirTags" Bluetooth tracker, which would allow Apple device users a first-party solution to keeping track of keys, bags, and equipment. It's not clear when AirTags will launch, but we've organized all of the most recent rumors and leaks on the Bluetooth trackers in our AirTags Guide.

Head to our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more discounts on Apple products and related accessories.

Article Link: Deals: Save Over 40% on Tile Pro 2-Pack and Tile Essentials Combo Pack in New Flash Sale
 

OneMike

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BestBuy has the same deal on the 4 pack around Christmas. I picked it up then. Very happy with the purchase.
 

BGarza

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It’s a love/hate relationship with Tile’s latest models. Being able to replace the battery is awesome, but on the downside the slightest bump to these versions while in my pocket, causes my phone to audibly alert and require an unlock before I can relax again. No squeezing of the side button helps, you have to physically pull your phone out. The previous generations required a bit of a squeeze, these are way too sensitive.
 

luvbug

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Getting closer every day!
The amount of money people are willing to spend on this type of thing just amazes me. Right up there with the home automation stuff. And "designer label" clothes. Use your head; keep it simple.
 

luvbug

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Getting closer every day!
It’s a love/hate relationship with Tile’s latest models. Being able to replace the battery is awesome, but on the downside the slightest bump to these versions while in my pocket, causes my phone to audibly alert and require an unlock before I can relax again. No squeezing of the side button helps, you have to physically pull your phone out. The previous generations required a bit of a squeeze, these are way too sensitive.
So, could you explain that "love" part again? I think I missed it :oops:
 

AppleHealth

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I don’t get the joke.
AirPower was announced, then cancelled... their Tile competitor hasn’t even been so much as teased, except in snippets of code.
Is there a connection I’m not seeing?

I think it was supposed to be some ‘witty’ comment, fell flat.
 

nutmac

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The amount of money people are willing to spend on this type of thing just amazes me. Right up there with the home automation stuff. And "designer label" clothes. Use your head; keep it simple.
If you frequently misplaces keys, wallets, etc. Tiles can be very valuable.

But iOS 13 made it pretty unusable for me, with incessant "always on" dialog box popping up every few weeks.

Moreover, Tile is losing focus. Their products are not particularly attractive looking, button is poorly implemented, and having both Tile Mate and Tile Pro in the lineup seems redundant. Tile Pro needs more than "more range and louder speaker" -- more premium design, rechargeable battery (ideally Qi wireless), and UWB for instance.

Their subscription plan offers too little value to justify $30/year price tag, which is a shame since they probably need subscription to succeed to have a sustainable business model.
 

Justanotherfanboy

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I think it was supposed to be some ‘witty’ comment, fell flat.
Well, I’m with you in waiting eagerly for the Apple Tile product!

I really, really like the new updates to “Find My”... with the device tab, I can see my devices, my son’s, my daughters’, my mom’s, & my own. SUPER helpful (we’re a forgetful family, lol).
I doubt I’m exaggerating saying I use it 5x a week to quickly find a mislaid device.
The idea that I’ll soon be able to locate my wallet and keys via the same app sounds very convenient and cool.
 
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Ion-X

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No thanks. Reliance on Bluetooth is a fatal flaw. I’ll wait for the Apple Tags.
 

Justanotherfanboy

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The amount of money people are willing to spend on this type of thing just amazes me. Right up there with the home automation stuff. And "designer label" clothes. Use your head; keep it simple.
Hmmmm.... I haven’t bought in to this type of product yet, but this post seems like an extreme stretch to me (comparison-wise).
I was in Bergdorf a while back & saw a t-shirt that looked like Charlie Brown’s (yellow w/ the black zigzag along the bottom); I chuckled to myself & grabbed it off the rack with intention to purchase.
The price was $400. $400.... for a $15 tee!
That’s over 25x normal price with markup, for a simple t-shirt. (I decided to skip it btw, lol).
At any rate... the most expensive unit in this example (the 2-pack) works out to $17.50 per Tile.
So, for it to be the same “waste of money” as designer clothes- you’d have to be saying that you believe the value of a Tile is not $17.50, but rather 68¢.
 
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nitramluap

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The amount of money people are willing to spend on this type of thing just amazes me. Right up there with the home automation stuff. And "designer label" clothes. Use your head; keep it simple.

I use Tiles for two things - in my luggage (I pop it in the outer pockets), and hidden on my bicycle if it gets stolen.

It means that when traveling, I know where my bag is and whether it’s been loaded on the aircraft/train/bus with me. It also means that when it goes missing I know where it is to speed up its recovery

I don’t use them in the usual places (keys, wallet, etc) as I never misplace those items.
 
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iGeneo

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All good if you don't have any issues with their dodgy privacy policy. (Hint: They sell location data)
 

Karllake

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Tiles insistence on ‘always on location’ tells me they’re selling location data, Apple needs to implement a ‘you can use my location data for my purposes only and you cannot sell that data’ option, same with all data, I hope tile die a quick and painless demise and the reported Apple tags brings user function without privacy concerns.
 

farewelwilliams

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Tiles insistence on ‘always on location’ tells me they’re selling location data, Apple needs to implement a ‘you can use my location data for my purposes only and you cannot sell that data’ option, same with all data, I hope tile die a quick and painless demise and the reported Apple tags brings user function without privacy concerns.
the always on location is used by the community. if someone presses "find my tile" and they're 100 miles away from their bag, but you're right next to it and you have always on location, tile can ping back the location of the bag.
 
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Karllake

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the always on location is used by the community. if someone presses "find my tile" and they're 100 miles away from their bag, but you're right next to it and you have always on location, tile can ping back the location of the bag.

I get that but there should be a ‘use my location for tile tracking only, this does not give you the rights to sell my data’ option. But there isn’t, it’s all or nothing regarding the herd of devices
 
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