What you need to know
- Apple has outlined changes to its Find My network in the face of ongoing privacy concerns.
- Changes are being made to AirTag to help people find them more easily when potentially being stalked.
- Apple has already provided Apple ID information to law enforcement to identify possible stalkers.
Apple has today shared details about changes it is making to the Find My network as well as its AirTag trackers in an attempt to help allay privacy and safety fears.
Following a number of reports pointing to AirTag item trackers being used to stalk people, Apple says that it has been working with law enforcement to identify areas that it can improve. The company also says that it has already helped identify people that have been misusing AirTags with each tracker being attached to an Apple ID.
In terms of changes moving forward, Apple says that it will be making a number of changes including new privacy warnings during AirTag setup.
However, should an AirTag be misused Apple says that it will enable a feature to allow modern iPhones to use precision finding to locate it. Some people have reported receiving a warning that an AirTag is with them but then being unable to locate it.
Apple says it will also display an alert when an AirTag automatically emits a sound, while the sound itself will also be tweaked for easier hearing. The alert is designed to help people be aware of a rogue AirTag even if its speaker has been disabled.
Apple says these changes will be implemented via a future software update but did not say when that would be.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.