Cupertino based tech giant Apple Inc recently held its annual event, where the company unveiled its newest releases – one of the most anticipated this year being AirTags.
A question you may be asking is how AirTags and telecom function together.
We will investigate what an AirTag is, who it is developed for, and how it works (with telecom and in daily life).
What Are Apple AirTags?
The Apple AirTags resemble tiles that user’s put on items they are likely to lose (i.e., their keys or purse). These tiles can help the user track the things that are not visible to the user or lost.
Apple’s official website states that AirTags are a super-easy way to keep track of your stuff; this sums up the use case of the AirTags. The critical competitors to Apple’s AirTags are Tile and Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag.
Thankfully, Apple has not locked the AirTags to their coveted ecosystem, so it functions with iOS and Android-based devices. Furthermore, Apple mentions that users can achieve the best use case with an iOS device, evident from the start.
AirTags are synced with the Find My app on Apple devices. This application has gone through improvements to accommodate the new tracking method easily.
Apple has mentioned that this update will be released next week as part of the iOS 14.5 update.
AirTags and telecom – how do they work?
Inside, the AirTags send out Bluetooth-based signals so that your iPhone or device can sport them easily via the nearby devices option. As the user has location enabled in their iCloud account, the Find My app tells the user where the AirTag is and the product that the user needs.
According to Apple, the entire process is anonymous and safely encrypted, so the user’s location is not shared with anybody else. Battery life or mobile data consumption is another issue that will not be plaguing users since the AirTags use low-energy Bluetooth.
How Do AirTags Function?
You might think that the AirTags will have a very sophisticated functioning method, but, in reality, it is pretty simple. First, users must attach an AirTag to an item or place it inside a thing they feel could be misplaced.
When you cannot find this specific object, you need to go to the Find My app on either your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch to locate it.
Now, you can ask Siri to locate this specific item with the keyword “Hey Siri, where is my ….” with the object’s name that you have lost.
The AirTags will make a sound that will allow you to locate the desired item with ease.
Do note that to use the AirTags. First, users must pair them with their account; this can be done post purchasing an AirTag and turning it on. Once activated, the iPhone or other device can immediately search for it and find the AirTag.
Can AirTags Do Anything Else?
The AirTags have another functionality, which is of Lost Mode. When this mode is activated, the AirTag will always keep searching for a device to send a signal to. When it eventually detects a device, the user receives a notification on their phone.
If another person finds it, they can use their NFC-based device to get your details and contact you, which is quite helpful if you left it someplace far.
When an item is detected, the user has exact directions with narrow-based navigation on the screen to follow.
This precision finding will only be available on iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11. The reason for this is the use of ultra-wideband tech that Apple uses on the company’s latest devices.
How Expensive are the Apple AirTags?
With the functionality offered by Apple and the image held by the company, one would expect AirTags to be ridiculously expensive. However, they are not very expensive, with $29 per AirTag and $99 for a 4-pack. Moreover, AirTags and telecom play very well together in the digital space.
It was initially posted to Telecomtalk.