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CNET 26 April, 2021 - 12:18pm 25 views

How do Airtags work?

The way AirTags function is by securely communicating with Bluetooth devices and iPhones equipped with ultra-wideband that are in the area. ... Instead, it will only work with Android devices equipped with NFC and only communicate when the AirTags are in Lost Mode. The VergeApple’s AirTags will work with Android... sort of

Does Airtag work with Android?

Any smartphone can help reunite a lost AirTag with its owner Apple's new location-tracking AirTag works with the Find My app on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. But, while Android users can't keep track of their possessions with an AirTag of their own, they can help reunite a lost AirTag with its owner. GearbrainDo Apple AirTags work with Android? Yes, but only partially

How do Airtags attach?

AirTags work via Apple's Find My app, which most of us use to locate lost iPhones. The company decided to take the same technology and distill it down to a coin-sized tracker you can attach to your possessions, such as car keys, a purse, or backpack. PCMag.comApple AirTags Can Track and Find Your Items

After a lengthy beta, Apple is finally ready to launch iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5. The updates will go live this week, and while we don't have an exact date we do know that it will include several additional features -- such as new Siri voices and a fancy new Face ID feature that makes it possible to use your iPhone while wearing a face mask. 

While it's tempting to update your iPhone or iPad to the latest and greatest software Apple has to offer, being an early adopter of anything, even official OS updates, can cause more issues and headaches than it's worth. Instead of jumping on the iOS 14.5 bandwagon right away, you might find it better to wait a few days before updating. 

Below are the two main reasons you should wait before mashing the update button on your iPhone or iPad. If you're feeling brave and don't want to wait, just make sure you have a current backup of your Apple device before updating to iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5 when it launches.

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My advice? Wait a few days, maybe even a week, after the update is available before installing it. That way there will have been time for any first or second-day issues to crop up, prompting Apple to either remove the update and replace it with a fixed version or issue a second update with bug fixes. 

Being the first to go for software updates isn't always the best idea. 

The issue you're most likely to run into with any new software update is apps that aren't optimized for the update. Apple makes changes to the iPhone or iPad's underlying code that developers have to adapt to, and if the developer takes some extra time to make sure all its changes work, most of the time there aren't any problems. 

But that's just a general rule. There are times when OS updates break an app entirely and unless the developer has its iOS 14.5 optimized app ready to go, you could be stuck waiting. 

By giving developers (and for that matter, the App Store review process) a few days to push out their respective updates, you're reducing the chances that you'll run into any problems. 

After you decide to install iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5, we'll walk you through the process. Once you've installed iOS 14.5, check out how to use the new Face ID unlock feature with your Apple Watch. Then check out how to change Siri's voice

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What is Precision Finding on Apple AirTags and how does it work?

Pocket-lint 26 April, 2021 - 07:10pm

They are small, circular devices that can be personalised, whilst also featuring an IP67 rating, user-replaceable battery and Apple's U1 chip that can also be found in the iPhone 12 models and iPhone 11 models.

This U1 chip allows the AirTags to offer a feature called Precision Finding. Here is everything you need to know about Precision Finding and how it works.

Precision Finding is an advanced technology within Apple's AirTags that can more accurately determine the distance and direction to a lost AirTag when it is in range.

It allows users to get more precise directions to their items, so long as they have an iPhone 12 model or iPhone 11 model.

Precision Finding offers directional instructions on your iPhone display to guide users to their lost AirTag when they tap on the "Play Sound" button within the Find My app for the respective AirTag. A large arrow showing which direction to walk, with instructions like "16ft to your right" and "0.1ft nearby" will appear, helping users to pinpoint their devices.

Precision Finding takes advantage of the U1 chip within AirTags and the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 models. Apple's U1 chip uses ultra-wide band techology to precisely locate and communicate with other U1-equipped devices, enabling AirTags and iPhone 12/11 models to work together.

The technology fuses input from your iPhone's camera, ARKit, accelerometer and gyroscope in order to guide you to your lost AirTag using a combination of sound, haptics, and visual feedback.

Precision Finding can also work with the accessibility features built into iOS, like VoiceOver, directing users who are blind or low-vision to an AirTag with directions as mentioned above, "AirTag is 9 feet away on your left", for example.

Precision Finding is also not available in countries and regions where Ultra Wideband technology is restricted.

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