AirTag Accessories: Keyrings and Holders for Apple's AirTags

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MacRumors 07 May, 2021 - 02:39pm 20 views

What is Apple Airtag?

AirTag is a supereasy way to keep track of your stuff. ... Attach one to your keys, slip another in your backpack. And just like that, they're on your radar in the Find My app, where you can also track down your Apple devices and keep up with friends and family. apple.comApple AirTag

Also, there’s not very much you can do. The debug screen—for as long as Apple permits you to access it—lets you adjust how the Precision Finding screen renders, but you probably don’t need (or want) to mess with how many dots appear on the screen. Similarly, you can mess with Precision Finding’s camera input using the top two sliders you see to modify the blurry effect you see when looking around for your AirTag. Again, more settings you probably don’t want to tweak.

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Apple AirTag — here's how easily it scratches

Tom's Guide 07 May, 2021 - 10:45am

AirTags are smart, but they're certainly not durable

YouTuber Zack Nelson, a.k.a. JerryRigsEverything, is known for his smartphone durability tests and teardowns. This time he took his array of mineral picks to some freshly unboxed AirTags in a recent video. And it turns out it doesn't take much to give an AirTag a DIY engraving.

Nelson is able to scratch the stainless steel side of the AirTag using a copper pick, but says it didn't damage the metal itself, only the shiny finish.

The white plastic is also easily scratched with a stainless steel knife blade, but since it has a glossy finish rather than a reflective one, the damage is harder to spot. The video then goes on to break open the AirTag to reveal the battery, circular circuit board and speaker within. Fortunately, that takes a lot of effort, so at least you don't have to worry about the AirTag breaking in two, even if it is easy to damage.

This isn't surprising information. It's already been noted by early adopters that it doesn't take much to scuff the AirTag, even just by accident.

Even if you buy one of Apple's keyring or luggage loops designed to fit the AirTag, the center of both sides is still exposed.

Arguably, the fact AirTags are easy to damage is kind of irrelevant, since AirTags don't need to remain in pristine condition to fulfill their purpose of helping you find misplaced items. On the other hand, this tracker is $30, which is quite expensive among key finders, so perhaps it's fair to expect premium features like a tougher exterior.

In our review of the AirTag however, its functionality can't be faulted. If you're an iPhone user, the simple set-up and precision locating features mean it beats out the competition, although Android users will definitely be better off looking elsewhere.

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'iPhone 13 Pro Max' model, AirTag follow-up, and Epic Games v. Apple on the AppleInsider podcast | AppleInsider

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We review AirTag performance and its missing features, Epic Games takes on Apple in court, and a possible mockup model of the "iPhone 13" has been leaked.

YouTube channel Unbox Therapy received an "iPhone 13 Pro Max" mockup model from China claiming it is "the closest, best-look yet at the next generation of iPhone." The model sports a smaller notch that other leakers have supported and a redesigned camera lens system on the back.

We discuss the pre-order process for the M1 iPad Pro, new Apple TV 4K and 24-inch iMac. Unlike other pre-orders, the Apple Store app and website stayed active through the 5:00 a.m. PT deadline. Although users then attempting to order the new devices had difficulty adding items to cart and purchasing via Apple Pay.

AirTag is now available in-store and our hosts share their personal experience with accessories and Precision Tracking features. While they can be useful in some scenarios, AirTag is arguably missing key features such as Family Sharing that hopefully come in future iOS updates.

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Next, a brilliant ad campaign by the cross-platform messaging app Signal reveals the ad tracking data used by Facebook. Shortly after the campaign launched Facebook banned their account, but the ads can still be seen on their blog.

Lastly, we review highlights from the Epic Games v. Apple court case, including internal communications between Apple execs regarding App Store commission rates. Closing out the show we answer some listener questions and comments.

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Apple AirTag won’t fit in your wallet? Make your own that will

Techradar 07 May, 2021 - 04:49am

Over on his YouTube channel, Ngai explained how he managed to pull off this alteration. If you have some patience it doesn’t seem too difficult to do yourself either, just remember that taking your AirTag apart could void whatever warranty you have.

But if you want to take that risk for a design that better suits your wallet tracking needs, then Ngai’s video lays out everything you need to do. You’ll need access to a 3D printer and some electrical tools though, so make sure you watch all the way through to avoid getting stuck with a busted AirTag.

We expect to see Apple make different AirTag designs eventually, and a slimmer card-like option could be one we'll see within the next couple of years (rival Tile already has a card-shaped design itself). We’d also like to see an AirTag case that uses adhesive to let you attach it to more products than the current version can.

These new versions will likely depend on the success of AirTags. While they seem to be all the rage right now, we’ll have to see if they have staying power that warrants Apple developing new designs.

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