What you need to know
- The Chipolo ONE Spot item tracker is now available for pre-order.
- Like AirTag, the ONE Spot uses Apple's Find My network.
Apple's AirTag is understandably getting all of the attention right now, but it isn't the only item tracker in town. Chipolo is one of the first to piggyback off Apple's Find My network and now it has a new item tracker available for pre-order – Chipolo ONE Spot.
Available in black rather than AirTag's white, the new tags sell for $28 if you just want one and $90 if you want four. That's cheaper than Apple's AirTag, although not by much. And while you do get to use Apple's Find My network and app, you don't get the precision finding feature because there's no ultra-wideband chip here. Whether that matters to you, I'm not sure.
It might not though, because each ONE Spot comes with a 120dB alarm that will make it easy to hear so long as you're relatively close to it. That's something Apple's Find My network will ensure, too.
Beyond that, we have a replaceable battery that should last a year as well as IPX5 water resistance. And yes, you get a keyring hole – something Apple didn't manage with AirTag. It also means you don't need to buy any accessories for most use cases, too.
All in, these things look pretty cool indeed. You can pre-order yours now with delivery expected in or around June. Failing that, here are some of the best Bluetooth trackers around if these aren't your cup of tea.
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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.