What you need to know
- Apple has announced updates to AirTag.
- The company is shortening the amount of time you'll be notified of an unwanted AirTag.
- They are also planning to release an app for Android users later this year.
AirTag is getting some notable enhancements in the near future.
As reported by CNET, Apple has announced that it is sending out updates to AirTag starting today that will change how it notifies people if they have an unwanted AirTags following them. The company also plans to release an Android app later this year to bring peace of mind to non-iPhone users.
The new updates to AirTag come after a number of outlets reported on the potential safety and privacy holes that exist in the product when it was released to the public. Funny enough, today's announcements take care of the two main concerns brought up by Geoffrey A. Fowler at The Washington Post in his review.
While updating the frequency and timing of the audible alerts is a small step, creating an Android app is essential to ensure that everyone is protected against AirTag abuse, not just those with an iPhone.
AirTags that are within range of an iPhone will get the alerts update starting today. The Android app is expected to launch later this year, according to Apple.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
Hopefully you have also installed the apps for Trakr, Tile, Chipolo, Samsung tracker, etc. in case someone secrets one of those on you. Oh wait, none of those do this, or ever did. Guess they should update their trackers to include this incredibly important feature, we just realized we never had.
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