Apple has finallyan object tracker of its own – airbag. If you’ve used an object tracker such as those sold by Tile before, you’ll know the basic premise. However, with support for the Ultra-Wideband technology – thanks to the U1 chip inside – for more accurate location tracking. Priced at $29 a pop (or $99 for a bundle of four), this coin-sized gadget goes on sale . But before they hit the shelves, you must be wondering about the compatibility part.
The answer is iPhones, iPads, and iPods. However, the Apple device you’re rockingthat will be released later this month. Thankfully, you don’t necessarily need to own the to make use of the AirTag, as is evident from the complete list of devices that are compatible with the Apple object tracker:
|iPhone 12||iPhone 12 Pro||iPhone 12|
|iPhone 11||iPhone 11 Pro||iPhone 11 Pro Max||iPhone XS|
|iPhone XS Max||iPhone XR||iPhone XR||iPhone X|
|iPhone 8||iPhone 8 Plus||iPhone 7||iPhone 7 Plus|
|iPhone 6S||iPhone 6S Plus||iPhone SE Gen 1||iPhone SE Gen 2|
|iPad Pro 12.9-inch|
(1st and 2nd generation)
|iPad Air (4th generation)||4|| (5th|
|iPad (6th generation)||iPad (7th|
|iPad (8th generation)||iPod Touch (7th generation)|
Now, there is a caveat here. Not all the AirTag features are supported by the devices mentioned above. The best example is Precision Finding, which employs the U1 chip inside the AirTag to locate items using the Ultra-Wideband technology for more accurate positioning. However, you need to own anthat also comes fitted with a U1 chip. 11 and iPhone 12 series devices support Precision Finding at the moment. But later this , the iPhone 13 series will also be added to the compatibility list.
The airbag is only compatible with Apple devices and notphones, primarily because it works after being linked to the Find My app. The app mentioned above is not available for and tablets yet – and likely won’t be released shortly either. However, if you have an , it might offer a minimal – but valuable – interaction with the Apple object tracker.
Apple hasyou to find an AirTag that has gone out of range. So if you come across an AirTag out in the wild and happen to own an with an NFC chip inside, you can tap the phone on the tracker to open a Lost Mode message. This Lost Mode message will guide you to a website that will show the AirTag’s owner’s contact number so you reach out to them and help them find their lost object tracker and the item it is attached with.
Moreover, if an airbag is moving with you and is making sounds after being put in Lost Mode by the owner, you can tap your NFC-capableon it to silence the tracking device after following the on-screen instructions. This will also help you find the necessary information for returning it to the person who lost it in the first place.
Sure, the airbag will come in handy if you often tend to misplace objects like your wallet or, but it is equally essential to shield your phone too. If you happen to own an , we’ve rounded up an exhaustive list of the to protect your shiny phone from accidents and keep it in pristine shape.