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Apple’s new AirTags are as simple as they should be.

If there is one thing you should know about me, it is I. Loose. Every thing. The character flaw, combined with the complete inability to see the smack in front of my face occasionally, means I’m probably the best person to try Apple’s new AirTags. The good thing is, Apple has sent some tests to do – as well as running the new (and necessary) iOS 14.5 update with the purple iPhone 12.

Let’s just clarify one thing though: this is not a review! I only have an airtag for a day, which is not nearly enough time to live properly with these things. Nevertheless, that gave me ample opportunity through the setup process and the most important features of the airtag through the test drive.

Before we get to this, however, we must talk about the design. The AirTags themselves are slightly larger than a quarter, and are roughly the same size as the small buttons you would pin in your bag or lapel. Small size aside, there’s plenty going on: Apart from the user-replaceable CR2032 battery, each AirTag packs a Bluetooth radio, NFC for pairing, and a small speaker that is surprisingly loud when you need it. Plays. And most importantly, the AirTags feature Apple’s U1 ultra-wideband chip, which is a sliver subsidiary of Silicon that we’ve seen so far only on the company’s recent iPhones, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the new HomePod Mini. I can go on and on for some time about how U1 actually works, but all one really needs to know is that it uses a high frequency radio to act as a beacon of sorts, Allows other devices with the same chip to be easily detected. .

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Overall, the AirTag design does not leave much to be desired, although there are some things that I wish Apple had considered. For one, I wish they had a slightly flatter side, so I could stick my wallet or camera to each other with two-way tape, but this has been my only juggle so far. And unlike rival object trackers, such as All Tiles and Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag, the Airtag does not have a built-in keychain ring. This means that you are forced to buy additional items for anything, but in the most basic of situations, such as keeping one in your bag or purse. How much apple.

Naturally, Apple has accessories to help you attach your airtag to your essentials – I’ve mostly used $ 35 leather keyring, which isn’t nearly as compact. Orbitech I usually use more than an airtag and spend on my own. At $ 29 a pop, or $ 100 for a four-pack, the AirTags are certainly competitively priced, but your total outlay will increase significantly after snapping holsters and straps to attach your tracker to your gear. have hope. (That is, until you wait for the cheap option to pop up on Amazon, which shouldn’t take more than a few days.)

Apple AirTags

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Thankfully, figuring out how to attach your airtag is the most difficult part of the process. Apple promised that setting up its object tracker would be as simple as pairing a set of AirPods, and this has certainly been my experience so far. Once you open a plastic sheath and remove the tab blocking the AirTag’s battery, a nearby iOS device should detect it in seconds. From there, all you really need to do is give a name and thumb through the basic description of the features before setting them all.

(Pro tip: If it takes a while for your iOS device to recognize your airtag, or if the “Find” option never appears in the Find My app, make sure Location Services is enabled for that app. I Restored this new iPhone. Backup in which I disabled location awareness specifically for Find My, and I spent the next hour wondering what the hell was wrong.)

So, what happens when you Tax Lose your keys or whatever, well, you have some options, which are all available in the Find My app of iOS. You can always force the airtag to play an alert chime by tapping a button, and to Apple’s credit, the speaker is louder than I expected on these things. Our video producer hid my keys in his veranda Oakland backyard, and I could easily hear the sound of the wind, the kids chirping on the airtags while they were playing, and I finally found two people cutting huge slats of wood in their front yard Found it. . Unless you have your own TV, I don’t think you’ll have much trouble finding your missing gadget with your ears.