What you need to know
- Apple's AirTags have finally been announced, but Apple says we shouldn't be using them to track our kids.
- Apple says we should be using an Apple Watch, instead.
Apple's AirTags are now finally a thing and we're all keen to get our orders in. But anyone planning to use an AirTag to track their kids should reconsider. In fact, Apple says you downright shouldn't do it – VP of worldwide iPhone product marketing, Kaiann Drance, and Apple's senior director of sensing and connectivity, Ron Huang made the comments in an interview with Fast Company.
Apple also says you should be using an Apple Watch to keep tabs on them, instead. If you do, make sure to pick up some of the best Apple Watch bands for kids, too.
In terms of AirTags, Apple says they're designed for keeping an eye on items, rather than kids and pets.
When I asked Drance about parents using AirTags to track their small children (such as during an outing at an amusement park) or pets (we know you're up to something shady, Fluffy) she was quick to stress that the company designed the AirTag to track items, not people or pets. If parents would like to safely track their young children, she suggests an Apple Watch with Family Setup might be a better choice.
As for strapping an AirTag to a pet, Drance says, "If people do that, they just have to make sure that their moving pet gets into range of a device in the Find My network" so its location can be tracked.
Apple doesn't specifically make it clear whether the reason for its stance is one of technical limitations or simply not wanting to be sued when an AirTag doesn't do its job one day. Regardless of the reason, an Apple Watch seems to be the way to go.
That won't stop me from trying out an AirTag in the kid's bag, though!