Last Updated on Apr 22, 2021
Are you someone who constantly loses their keys and other small valuable items almost daily? The efforts of finding those items getting too much for you to handle? Or you need to keep track of your pets while you or someone else takes them out for a walk around the corner?
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If yes, then Apple has a solution for you, their latest and greatest product, “AirTag” just launched.
The Air tags were launched along with the other Apple products, like the all-new iMacs, iPad in Apple’s “Spring-Loaded” event, or Apple Spring Event 2021.
The AirTag was released on 21st April 2021.
So what is Apple’s AirTag?
The AirTag is a small puck-shaped circular electronic device that can help you find your missing/lost items via Bluetooth, which connects to your iPhone through an app [See Below Video].
You can connect this AirTag to the “Find My” app on your iPhone, and your items can be easily tracked through the app with Precious Direction.
This AirTag is easy to use, and you can connect this by bringing your iPhone closer to the AirTag, and voila; It’s all done. After this, you can attach these AirTag to the item you usually forget or want to keep track of, like your wallet, car/house keys, backpack, etc.
If you are worried about the battery life on these things, you can put your worries aside as this AirTag would last you for a year (or more) in some cases, and the best part about these batteries is that they are user-replaceable. You can just put the new ones in when the juice runs out.
- AirTag (1 item): $29.99
- AirTag Bundle (4 items): $99.99
How does the AirTag work?
The AirTag connects seamlessly with Apple’s ecosystem, which provides a much better advantage than the rest of the competitors in the Bluetooth tracking device industry.
These AirTag produce a beeping sound when a user device is in its Bluetooth range. If we come to the compatibility front, Apple also provides Siri support for This AirTag, a unique feature.
These Apple products come inbuilt with Apple’s U1 chip, which offers Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB). Apple claims that it will provide users with more accurate and precise locations than the rest of the competitors out in the market. This feature is called the “Precision Finding Feature” by Apple.
The UWB (Ultra-Wideband) technology is similar to the BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy). Still, the UWB operates at a very high frequency, and it offers the users more directional and spatial data.
The UWB has a more significant channel bandwidth (500 MHZ), which allows the users to track the location in real-time, using low-power pulses, providing a more accurate and secure location.
The AirTag is compatible with the iPhone and other newer versions and on some select Android phones. To operate, the AirTag make use of these phone’s cameras, ARKits, gyroscope, and accelerometer.
When all of these are combined, the AirTag uses a combination of haptics, sound, and visuals, and all of these are displayed on Apple’s Find My app.
If your airtag is out of the Bluetooth range, do not worry, with Apple’s global Find My Network to find the location of your tag.
Even if you lose your tag, if some other person finds it or comes across it, they can use their iPhone to tap the airtag and see all the necessary details such as your name and contact number to get in touch with you or bring the airtag back to you.
The users can also place the airtag into “Lost Mode” and be notified when the lost airtag is in range or located by “Find My Network.”
The Precision Finding feature is handy for people with blind or with impaired vision as the app will guide them to airtag by using the speech mode from the app, for example, “Your AirTags are 5 feet away on your right”.
AirTags Precision Finding Feature is compatible iPhone’s List
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
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Bluetooth Tracker Market Heats up!
Apple might be the newest and latest to enter the Bluetooth tracker market, but some big players have been in this market for a long.
One of the most used brands in this segment is “Tile,” which offers trackers for iPhone users and Android users for many years. Their products are good and also much more affordable than the Airtag, which Apple just launched. Tile is also working on the UWB feature, and it is said they will be launching their new products with this feature sometime later this year.
Apple AirTag VS Samsung SmartTag+
Samsung has also made a foray into this market segment with the launch of their SmartTag+ Bluetooth tracker, which uses advanced UWB chips to track user’s items with greater accuracy and reliability.
To use Samsung’s SmartTag+, you need to use Samsung’s SmartThings Find Service, which is exclusively available on Samsung Galaxy phone lineups. Some of the devices which can use its advanced UWB feature are Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy Z Fold 2.
The Samsung’s Air Tags can be used to locate tagged items on an online map, even if the items are far off from you. The tags use BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and also the network of Galaxy devices.
Now there are a lot of options available to users at this point. So the users can now make an informed and intelligent decision on which of the products meet their needs and demands, which will ultimately increase the competition between brands and lead to better products in this segment that are also competitively priced.