Rumored for too long and too long, Apple’s own location tag AirTag is finally available! How can this little thing with UWB ultra-wideband technology change everyone’s habit of finding objects? What are the advantages and disadvantages of use, and what are the matters needing attention? Can it be used to catch rape, as it is said in the market? Our detailed evaluation will give you answers one by one.
The appearance of AirTag is as simple as Apple’s products. On one side, it looks like a white whiteboard magnet. When turned on the other side, it is the stainless steel lid that Apple is good at. This small label is engraved on it to support low-power Bluetooth and ultra-wideband. . Gently twisting the bottom cover will be a self-replaceable CR2032 button battery, which will be reset and disabled after the power is removed.
The volume of the AirTag body is a bit thick, and there is no built-in strap hole. If you want to use it directly, you probably put it in the pocket of the wallet. However, it should be noted that many foreign media and editors themselves have found that the surface of AirTag is quite easy to scratch, whether it is the white side or the stainless steel belly.
However, generally speaking, users will use an exclusive hanging ring. Not surprisingly, Apple has taken the lead in preparing two styles. At the same time, there are two kinds of hanging ring accessories, PU and leather. In short, The long and short hanging rings are suitable for key rings and bag charms. However, Apple’s original hanging ring design deliberately exposes the belly of the phone, so it cannot provide protective purposes. At most, it is convenient to carry and hang on objects that need to be positioned.
The function of AirTag is very simple, only positioning, but Apple provides several different ways to achieve it. The most commonly used and most direct thing for everyone is to find the approximate location of AirTag on the map in the Find My service, just like looking for Apple products such as iPhone and Mac. This part will provide information in two ways: one is the location of the last connection, because AirTag will always use BLE to communicate with the iPhone, so it will record the location of the disconnection when it is lost; the second is to use the assistance of other Apple devices , If the missing AirTag happens to enter the Bluetooth range of other iPhone, iPad, etc. products, the relevant location will also be sent back to the iCloud server in a point-to-point encryption mode. If it is scanned by Bluetooth, it will keep moving. The actual measurement is about every 15 minutes The position will be updated once left and right.
Since the above methods can only provide an approximate location, for example, the elevator lobby is good, but where is the exact location? At this time, you can make good use of the U1 chip on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 series to provide more specific directions through ultra-wideband technology. Under no shelter, within 10 meters, it will be said that the signal has been received, and then about 5 or 6 meters, you will see the direction indicator. During the actual measurement, the AirTag was stored in the locker, and it was about 3 to 4 meters before the direction was indicated. If you are really unsure, you can also ask AirTag to make a sound in the app, so that you can hear it. This function is especially useful when looking for a remote control in a sofa or finding your own objects in a Yunyun bag.
Then, they will help you find AirTag, and if you meet good intentions, you will take the initiative to report back. The surface of AirTag is clean, so how do you make a good-hearted person call you? In fact, AirTag has built-in NFC, so that iPhone and Android users can read the contact phone number left by the owner in the lost mode. However, the number will only be announced when the lost mode is actively turned on. Generally, if you pass by and are swiped, only the serial number data of AirTag will be displayed.
After Apple’s official announcement, the editor has seen many netizens discussing the uses and questions of AirTag on the Internet. One of the most popular ones is the use of “used to catch rape”. Only then did I know how untrusted men and women there are in the world. According to Apple’s introduction on the official website, AirTag is designed to prevent unnecessary tracking. It will detect that the user has an AirTag that does not belong to the same iCloud account and send out a reminder.On the other sideSupport pageIn, it is also mentioned that when AirTag leaves a registered user for a period of time, it will sound when moving to notify nearby people. Therefore, if you have very suspicious friends around you, or feel that you are being followed, there is still a way to know. When you find a suspicious AirTag, you only need to twist the bottom cover and disconnect the power. Of course, you can also ask for help at the same time.
I did a test by myself and found that AirTag will send out such a reminder when I return to some fixed locations, such as company and home, which will include when the AirTag was first discovered, and there will be some The entire road map. In this way, everyone can guess when and where the AirTag was inserted.
to sum up
Apple takes AirTag as the third brand to enter the location tag market. They have a huge number of mobile phones as Samsung’s support. What’s even better is that Apple has not separated the UWB version, so that everyone can enjoy this more cutting-edge as soon as they come up. , Newer and strange find tool. It’s just that the cost of using AirTag is not low. Although the main body is only 229 yuan, four packages are more cost-effective 779 yuan, but at the same time, you need to buy a hanging ring priced like the main body (the official price starts at 229 yuan; Belkin only starts at 98 yuan).
Everyone has the experience of missing things, so AirTag is a very practical and feasible gadget to increase the possibility of finding lost things, but of course the premise is that your things have not been picked up by bad guys.