What you need to know
- Apple's AirTag is here but it's a little on the bulky side, making it far from suited to living inside a wallet.
- One YouTuber decided to fix that by dismantling an AirTag and turning it into something much slimmer.
Apple's AirTag is now here and it's generally been well received. But there's one problem that we just can't quite get away from – an AirTag is just too bulky to be put into a wallet. That is, it was until one YouTuber decided to fix all that.
AirTags are pretty bulbous because they have their PCB and battery sat atop each other. So YouTuber Andrew Ngai decided to find out what would happen if they dismantled an AirTag and then placed everything in a horizontal fashion. It seems an obvious idea, right? And it is – so long as you know what you're doing which I most definitely do not.
Thankfully, this person very much does. Check it out.
The addition of a 3D printed enclosure really is just the icing on the cake and it's fair to say the result is more than sufficient. The new card-shaped enclosure fits perfectly into a wallet and it has us hoping Apple releases AirTag in more form factors in the future.
Anyone interested in trying this for themselves can find the details on the 3D printed enclosure over on Thingiverse, too. Alternatively, you could check out some of the best Bluetooth trackers that aren't AirTag. Some are much more suited to living inside a wallet.
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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.