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Apple’s personal items tracking device to be called AirTag

A new Apple product is in the works. Likely to be named AirTag, you’ll be able to attach to pretty much anything to track its location. It beams notifications to the user if they move too far away from it.

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The reference to the name AirTag was spotted by eagle eyed folks at 9to5Mac noticed in yesterday’s iOS 13.2 update. This is also an indication the Tile competitor may even appear in the imminent future.

Previous leaks had suggested we could expect such a device and the hope was it would be revealed at Apple’s Developers Conference (WWDC). Unfortunately there was no official mention but references to the location tracker were first found in the iOS13 code.

An earlier beta version of the code even gave us a glimpse into what the device will look like. You can see the render pictured above. It’s in the form of a small, flat circular device that you’ll be able clip to your bag or other item preventing you from losing them.

According to Sixcolors, the tags will be fitted with Apple’s ultra-wideband U1 locator chip that can also be found in the iPhone 11. They would communicate via iCloud to the new Find My service to guide the user to within inches of the item.

Devices can be put in “lost mode” or made to play a sound. In lost mode, the tag will be able to piggyback on any smartphone in its vicinity via a Bluetooth connection and send its location to the rightful owner. The company obviously wants to take advantage of the enormous ecosystem of Apple products to form a sort of a crowd-like network. Contact location saved in the tag would be accessible to any Apple device.

The software will also allow users to add locations that should be ignored. That way they can leave items where they are safe without being bothered by unnecessary notifications. Whats more they’ll be able to share Apple Tag’s location with family and friends.

App screenshots come courtesy of some investigative work by the folks over at MacRumors. They found code in the iOS 13 that shows the “Me” tab in the Find My app replaced with an “Items” tab.

Tap on the tab and you’ll get a message “Keep track of your everyday items. Tag your everyday items with B389 and never lose them again.” The B389 moniker is Apple’s internal codename for the Tags as revealed earlier this year.

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All of these leaks make it pretty much a certainty the Tag is in the works and probably close to seeing the light of day. There’s a good chance we’ll see an official reveal in the month or two.

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