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Ernst Krenek

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Nov 11, 2015
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I happily moved to AirTags from Tile. One thing I’ve noticed though, is that when the AirTag is close, but out of sight – as in when it has fallen between car seats – the chirp is nice and audible, but sounds more “spacious” than the corny eighties sound from the Tile. The Tile sound was so sharp and focused that it was easier to lock in on it than the sophisticated AirTag sound. Is this true for other’s ears?

Will no way change back to Tile, though.
 

chabig

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I am sure Apple wanted it very subtle. It's possibly limited by the design of the speaker. If you're within hearing range, your iPhone will guide you directly to it.
 

inscrewtable

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something to do with the sound waves being the width of the separation of your ears or something like that so your brain cannot detect the phase shift. Used find my phone today and it drove me crazy with the sound that is impossible to locate. I haven't tried this but after today I think I'll get myself a stethoscope and use that to channel the same sound to both ears that is supposed to work, I think.
 
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Easttime

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Yes! I searched all over the house for my keys trying to zero in on the chirp, then realized they were in my back pocket. Doh!
 
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Tenkaykev

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something to do with the sound waves being the width of the separation of your ears or something like that so your brain cannot detect the phase shift. Used find my phone today and it drove me crazy with the sound that is impossible to locate. I haven't tried this but after today I think I'll get myself a stethoscope and use that to channel the same sound to both ears that is supposed to work, I think.
On a similar but different note, ( no pun intended ) I once spent more than an hour wandering around the house and into the back garden trying to find the source of a regular but intermittent " Beep " sound. It turned out to be the ceiling mounted battery powered smoke alarm alerting me that the battery needed changing.
 
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