How do Apple AirTags work?
These are more than your average locator device.
More than just a simple location device, the $29 AirTag utilizes several technologies to make finding a tagged item as easy as possible.
Apple’s AirTags are designed to be attached to your keys, luggage, briefcase, or anything else you don’t want to lose.
They launched alongside a few accessories, like keychains and luggage clips, that allow you to keep up with your things in style. But the coolest aspect of the AirTags might just be how they work.
Firstly, the chip inside of the AirTags uses a 6-8.5GHz frequency to transmit a signal to the Find My app over a relatively short range.
This frequency allows the system to precisely pinpoint the location of a device, making this location service more exact than other, Bluetooth locators.
Apple also utilizes Bluetooth locating on its AirTags, but there is also an answer for finding things outside of the Bluetooth range.
When you can’t find your device using the U1 chip or Bluetooth, you can use the Find My app to see the AirTags’ last known location on Apple Maps.
From there, you can narrow down the location using the chip inside the AirTags.
AirTags can do all of this while maintaining your privacy
Maybe the coolest thing about all of this functionality is that everything is encrypted, and your privacy is protected.
When tracking an item through Apple Maps, all information is end-to-end encrypted and completely safe. This means you can be sure that whatever item you have tagged is not being tracked by anyone else.
Because this data is end-to-end encrypted, this allows for some additional features. For example, other iPhone users can ping the location of an unknown AirTag back to that tag’s owner.
Using this technology, you might be able to find something before you even realize you lost it.
Additionally, Apple said that the Bluetooth frequencies of the AirTags will be changed around, making them undiscoverable by anyone other than you.
This is extremely important because, without it, anyone could track any AirTags, making them the perfect target for theft.
AirTags are a great tracking option for your stuff
AirTags are a very cool addition to the Apple lineup. There are other trackers out there, but there hasn’t been anything that comes close to the functionality that the AirTags bring to the table.
The ability to track both long-range and short-range is incredible and will help the AirTags stand out from their competition. Sorry, Tile.
That, coupled with the extra privacy measures taken, make these a must-have for Apple fans.
Now that you know how Apple’s AirTags work, you’re probably interested in buying some. So, where can you purchase them?
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