Apple AirTag main site hands-on play in one day


Apple AirTag

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Although most of the attention of Apple’s spring conference was on iMac and iPad Pro with M1 processor, Apple also brought purple iPhone and AirTag labels. Apple gave us the main website to edit the latter two, which is convenient for simple evaluation of AirTag, and the new (and required) iOS 14.5 update has been installed on the iPhone.

In terms of design, although AirTag is about the size of a larger coin, there are quite a few things inside. In addition to a user-replaceable CR2032 battery, there is also a Bluetooth antenna, NFC, and a surprisingly loud small speaker. More importantly, it is equipped with Apple’s U1 ultra-wideband chip, which only appeared on the latest iPhone, Apple Watch Series 6 and the new HomePod mini before this. This chip basically uses a high-frequency radio as a “beacon” so that other devices equipped with the U1 chip can find it. On the whole, the editor of the main station has no problem with this design, but I still hope that the front side will not be so “round”. In addition, unlike similar products such as Samsung SmartTag, AirTag does not have a built-in key ring, which means that in addition to the most basic “lost inside” application scenario, you need to buy additional accessories for almost all other usage methods.

Apple AirTag

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However, AirTag’s official leather key ring and hanging ring are more expensive than the AirTag body, and the ordinary hanging ring is also the same price. That is to say, although the AirTag single 229 or four 779 is not too expensive, the combined price of any accessories is basically the same. Just double it. However, it is basically possible to guarantee that Apple’s products will be produced by the factory, so this should not be a big problem.

Fortunately, the installation process is far from the trouble of finding out how to fix AirTag to your product, basically it is not far from pairing with AirPod. After opening the package, just pull out a piece of plastic that blocks the battery from powering, and the nearby iOS device should be able to detect its presence within a few seconds, then give it a name, and slide over a few pages of instructions to complete the setting. . Of course, don’t forget if the location service of Find My app is enabled.

Apple AirTag

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What should I do when I am looking for something? There are three options, all of which are through the Find My app. The first is to make the AirTag make a beep. According to the preliminary test of the editor of the main station, the call is quite loud. Even in the yard with wind, children playing and neighbors’ work, the sound of AirTag can still be heard. The second option is AirTag’s main “precise search” function. As long as the phone also has a U1 chip, you can press the “Find” button and an arrow indicating the direction and the approximate distance of the item will be displayed on the screen. The search range is about 10 meters, but this distance will vary greatly depending on whether there is a wall or large furniture between you and the object. So you can start the beep first, so that you can come to the vicinity of AirTag, if you still can’t find it, then use precise search to point out the exact location. In the process of using the precise search, the mobile phone will also provide vibration feedback, the closer it is, the more frequent the vibration will be, which is quite intuitive.

Apple AirTag

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If the item is out of the sensing range of the device in your hand, then you have to rely on other compatible devices on the Find My network to “cooperate”. Apple claims that there are already “over one billion Apple devices” on the Find My network, increasing the chances of finding your device. You can also activate the “lost mode” for the lost AirTag. In addition to notifying you when it is found, you It can also be set to allow other people’s devices to touch your AirTag to see your contact information through NFC.

Apple AirTag

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It will take a while to fully test all the functions (the anti-tracking function master station editor has not been able to test it), but the initial impression of the master station editor on AirTag is very good-they are cheap enough, the battery can be replaced, The horn is loud enough, and the precise search function works as expected. For users already in the Apple ecosystem, AirTag should be a product that can be purchased without much consideration.