What you need to know
- Apple sells some great accessories for AirTags, but some of them are costly.
- You can 3D print your own if you'd rather not spend the extra cash.
The arrival of AirTag after a long period of waiting was somewhat tempered by the fact we have to buy accessories to be able to attach it to our keys and whatnot. Some of those accessories are pretty costly, but there's another option. You can 3D print your own.
The folk at NewsBytes have even gone so far as to provide all the information you need to be able to print your own case – and they aren't charging a penny. To them, Apple's decision to charge more money to make the $29 AirTag useful isn't that great. They might have a point.
Admittedly, this thing isn't going to look amazing and it isn't as lovely as the best accessories for AirTags available elsewhere. But it's free – assuming you have the 3D printer and consumables already, of course!
What more could you ask for? Other than for Apple to put a hole in this thing somewhere, I suppose.
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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.