Updated Screenshots Show AirTags Setup Process and New Find My Layout

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Apple is rumored to be working on a Tile-like Bluetooth tracking device called AirTags, which we've been seeing signs of in various versions of iOS for the last couple of months.

We have additional AirTags screenshots to share today, sent in by a MacRumors reader. The updated images are similar to images that we found in an early version of iOS 13 back in September, but with some updates that are more in line with the current look of the Find My app.


Both screenshots depict an updated Find My app with a bar at the bottom for "People," "Devices," "Items," and "Me." The earlier screenshots that we saw didn't have the "Me" option in the bottom bar, suggesting Apple was still in the process of refining the look of the app.

The placeholder suitcase emoji that was used in the original screenshot has also now been updated with a backpack emoji.


The screenshots are otherwise the same, referring to the AirTags by their codename, "B389." The AirTags setup process, as we discovered earlier this week in a separate screenshot, will consist of pulling the tab on the AirTag and then bringing it close to the iPhone to begin the setup process.


From there, the AirTags will presumably connect to the iPhone and that's when users will see the "Add" option with Apple's wording: "Tag your everyday items with [AirTags] and never lose them again."

The AirTags name was first unveiled earlier this week in assets found in the iOS 13.2 update. We've also previously seen placeholder images that suggest the AirTags could perhaps be small, circular white tags that can be attached to items to make them locatable through the Find My app.


?AirTags? will connect to iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more via Bluetooth, and will leverage the ultra-wideband U1 chip in the newest iPhones for more precise indoor tracking that's unmatched by competitors like Tile.

We're also expecting an augmented reality component that will take advantage of a device's camera to pinpoint exactly where an item might be. Longer-range tracking will also be available, and ?AirTags? will likely take advantage of the offline crowd-sourced tracking feature that was added in ?iOS 13?.

We don't yet know when AirTags might be released, but Apple has been adding new AirTags info to each beta, so there's a possibility that we could potentially see AirTags launch before the end of the year.

For more on what to expect from the AirTags, make sure to check out our AirTags guide.

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turbineseaplane

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I wonder if these things every get slipped into a spouse or partners luggage when they take a trip by themselves.
Also coming soon is the new “blocks all radio transmissions Apple Luggage Pro”
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AirTags? Really? What kind of company is Apple becoming?
Next move is Tim getting into the consumer goods around the house.
White garbage bags come to mind, and the color is already correct
 
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yaxomoxay

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I wonder if these things every get slipped into a spouse or partners luggage when they take a trip by themselves.
How about people that are not members of your family but you want to track? You just need to hide one in the car, or some bag etc.
 
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kemal

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Suppose these will need to charge up via a Qi pad? Otherwise, they will be battery sucking monsters.
 

Jim Lahey

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I have a feeling Apple will implement some mechanism whereby people [with iPhones at least] will be alerted if an unknown tag is nearby. Thus thwarting any covert tracking attempts? Maybe not, but I am finding it hard to believe that they haven't already thought of this.

Anyway, these AirTags aren't something I can currently see myself finding a use for, but nevertheless I'll be watching with interest...
 

mxmgodin

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Has there been any teardown of the new AirPods Pro, yet? I'd be curious to know if Apple has snuck a U1 chip in the case (or whatever else makes the alleged AirTags traceable by an iPhone). Seems like a no-brainer for an easily-misplaced product like that.
 
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whoknows2597

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just dont buy them then, i am looking forward to getting some
Would LOVE to place one on the back on my AirPods. My first pair from 2016 were lost on my way to the car wash. Never seen them since.

Though I’m more careful now, I’d still like to get one for a peace of mind.
 

jonblatho

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Am I the only one that thinks dark mode apple maps looks terrible?
Nope! Almost first thing after seeing it back in June I filed a suggestion to allow users to do what they can on macOS, which is override Dark Mode for the map only.
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AirTags? Really? What kind of company is Apple becoming?
The largest consumer electronics company in the world.
 

Populus

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RIP Tile. If these work as expected (using any nearby iPhone) then their coverage will be almost laughable by comparison. Here's hoping the Apple pricing team can keep it in their pants.

I should really eBay my unopened pack of Tiles. 🤔
I’d wait until they release it, just to know if the Apple Pricing Team kept it at their pants.