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The Apple AirTag has been a long time coming but they’re finally here and they promise to take on the lokes of tile and other product finders to keep track of your lost stuff for $29 or $99 for a four-pack. The AirTags offer both Bluetooth and ultra-wideband connectivity to find everything from your wallet and your keys to your backpack or luggage and if you have a new iPhone you can get directions to that lost item right on your phone’s display. They work fairly well and are super simple set up but there’s also room for improvement, here are the pros and Cons.
The Apple AirTag is a small button-shaped device that is simple to slip into a wide array of apple accessories. I like that you can customise the AirTag design with free engraving which includes up to four letters and various emojis. However, I found the polished stainless steel side of the AirTag is a bit too easy to scuff and scratch. Even when protected with an accessory.
The best part about AirTag is how easy it is to set up. You pull the included tag that’s attached to the battery and place the AirTag near your iPhone and it will walk you through the pairing process. This includes naming the AirTag at apple’s find my app and registering the AirTag with your Apple ID from there you can use the find my app to play a sound on the AirTag and find it on a map using a precision finder.
How does AirTag perform? the beeping on the AirTag definitely got my dog’s attention but I found it a bit too faint for my liking especially when it was hiding under a couch cushion. Once you get closer to your item with the AirTag attached it is time to have some fun with apple’s precision finding feature :). Using your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12’s U1 chip you’ll see a series of dots on display and then the distance away that your AirTag is. That process can be finicky but it worked well most of the time as you get even closer, You’ll see arrows directing you to the AirTag along with the decreasing distance and you’ll feel haptic feedback on your iPhone as you get closer as well.
The AirTag uses a CR2032 Coin Cell battery and you can expect about a year of juice. They are fairly cheap when it’s time to pop in a new battery. The AirTag also includes some privacy features that should prevent unwanted tracking and stalking. All the location data is encrypted and your iPhone can even notify you if an AirTag, that is not yours is travelling with you.
I wish the design was a bit more durable and the volume a little louder but overall, The Apple AirTag is worth the investment and was well worth the wait because of its ease of use and precision finding …