Earlier this year, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the company is ready to dropTile-like codes to find your wallet, purse, keys and such. Now, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, Apple AirTags are already in production.
The iPhone maker will host an event on September 15, and there is a chance that it may unveil the new product during the main presentation – even if it is sent later.
Apple is pretty good at designing things, so I expect these codes to be compact enough to hold in your wallet or keychain without forming a dent in your pocket.
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The company prices its products in a premium range. Some popular product trackers such as Tile and Chipolo sell the base product in a package of four, priced at $ 70- $ 90. If AirTags have similar features, Apple can not ask for much more. Especially when it has already allowed support for third-party product trackers in the Find My app in iOS 1
If Apple ends up releasing a base and a premium version, I would ideally have GPS support and the ability to work across platforms. Unless the company uses proprietary technology, I see no reason why the codes can not work with an Android phone via an app.
Most product tracks have a battery that lasts a long time and you have to replace it after a few months. Hopefully, the AirTags battery is common enough that you can find a simple replacement if needed.
Finally, I would love it if the technology giant makes its AirTags available globally, and not just limited to some countries like the US, Canada and the UK. Make it happen, Apple.
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Published September 9, 2020 – 08:32 UTC