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Back in January, we saw a few promotional images for third-party AirTags accessories from both Nomad and Spigen's Cyrill brand, and while Apple's item trackers have yet to launch, we're now seeing more signs of similar accessories starting to show up in the wild.

An increasing number of sellers on eBay, Walmart, Etsy, and other online marketplaces are now offering AirTags holders for sale as details on the device continue to spread.

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MacRumors has also received a pair of images of one particularly interesting set of straps that our source says are made of a similar material as the fluoroelastomer Apple uses for its Apple Watch Sport Bands. The band design appears to have a snap closure to secure the AirTag and a short leash with an opening at the opposite end to allow the strap to be secured to an object to be tracked.

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An image of a very similar but not identical design has been shared on Weibo today by leaker UnclePan (via DuanRui). This design appears to rely on the elasticity of the strap rather than a snap to hold the AirTag in place.

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The increasing number of third-party AirTags accessories comes just ahead of Apple's "Spring Loaded" event tomorrow, although it's still unknown whether the accessory will make an appearance at the event. The first hints of AirTags surfaced in leaked code two years ago, and they've yet to be officially unveiled, but information on them is clearly circulating among accessory manufacturers.

Apple's infrastructure to support AirTags is already in place, as the company earlier this month launched its Find My network accessory program that lets third-party devices like Belkin earbuds, Chipolo item trackers, and VanMoof e-bikes be tracked right in the Find My app.

AirTags are expected to work in exactly the same manner, except with Ultra Wideband U1 chip support that would allow for greater accuracy than standard Bluetooth and even an augmented reality experience to help direct you right to a lost item.

Article Link: Third-Party AirTags Accessories Continuing to Surface Ahead of Apple Event on April 20
 

JOLoughlin

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I just realized someone should make AirTag jewelry. Was thinking in the vein of DogTags. Apple’s AR strategy so we can have information overlayed so we don’t forget people’s names. I’m honestly struggling to find a use for these but I guess these are more an accessory than a product.
 
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JOLoughlin

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Do you have car keys? House keys? Do you ever carry a backpack? Attaching air tags to any would be useful.
I use my phone to unlock all those things and I don’t leave my home anymore, let alone with my backpack. (Joking)
 
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I just realized someone should make AirTag jewelry. Was thinking in the vein of DogTags. Apple’s AR strategy so we can have information overlayed so we don’t forget people’s names. I’m honestly struggling to find a use for these but I guess these are more an accessory than a product.

One for my dog, one for my bike, one for my luggage, one for my messenger bag, one for my underpants (so i can find out where the underpants gnomes take it), one for the Ben & Jerry‘s pint in the freezer, one for...
 

JOLoughlin

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Aug 20, 2008
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I just realized someone should make AirTag jewelry. Was thinking in the vein of DogTags. Apple’s AR strategy so we can have information overlayed so we don’t forget people’s names. I’m honestly struggling to find a use for these but I guess these are more an accessory than a product.
• keys
• pets
• bags
• bicycle (maybe other vehicles)
• underpants

Anything else?
 

NervousFish2

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And you have to count how may times you have to keep buying them. I'm guessing yearly or every 2 years.
Why would you need to keep buying them? I mean, you might lose them. Sure. But seems strange to assume such a passive device with a long cycle between charges (if rumors are to believed) would *need* to be replaced.
 
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