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Apple inadvertently confirms AirTags, its upcoming Tile-like tracker

AirTags will be circular in shape and beep for users to find devices easily.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | April 3, 2020 | Updated 18:02 IST
Source: Appleosophy

Highlights

  • Apple has dropped the biggest hint on AirTags.
  • The name AirTags has been revealed in a support video.
  • AirTags is also said to have U1 chips.

Apple has been rumoured to be working on trackers and a tracking system for its devices that will help when iCloud is inaccessible. Dubbed AirTags, the Tile-like tracking tag has been speculation so far but its existence has been now been confirmed. In a support video posted by Apple, it has been confirmed that there will be AirTags and a system that will enable it and tag tracking on Apple devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple Watch, and MacBook.

The Apple support video, which has now been deleted after it was spotted by Appleosophy, shows the name 'AirTags' mentioned in the 'Find My' settings page. The support video explains how to delete an iPhone from a computer but accidentally discloses the existence of AirTags. It also confirms that AirTags will offer an offline tracking feature for when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi network, which is used for iCloud tracking. It also refutes the rumours that Apple may call its tracker Apple Tags and not AirTags.

The offline finding feature is in line with the speculations on a new chipset that will use the ultra-wideband radio technology for better location information of a device without using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on the device. The latest iPhone 11 lineup has the same chipsets for offline location tracking. The 2020 iPad Pro lineup is also reported to come with the same U1 chipsets for ultra-wideband feature. If we go by what the now-deleted video has confirmed, the AirTags could also feature the same chipset under the hood.

Moreover, the rumours have suggested that the AirTags will be circular in shape. They will emit a chime for users to locate them easily, much like how Tile devices work with paired phones. They will work in accordance with the paired iPhone or iPad models for better information on devices and provide an augmented reality interface to assist the tracking process of a device. This piece of information was revealed via a code in an earlier iOS beta build but it remains a mystery how this feature will work.

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