Apple hints at Android app for AirTags, new update discourages unwanted tracking

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Apple’s AirTag trackers have been on the market for about a month, and a new firmware update is now rolling out to Apple’s beautiful, round trackers such as CNET reports. The new update changes the way AirTag warns passers-by about a lost tracker nearby. It also changes the time window when it sounds to alert others about a lost tracker.

Prior to the update, AirTag trackers emitted only noise after three days of loss. As a way to prevent users from using AirTags to track people without their knowledge, the lost AirTag will now play a sound within a time window of between 8 and 24 hours.


Apple AirTag (Source: Apple)

Apple says in a statement that this change should “counteract unwanted tracking”. If someone finds an unwanted AirTag, they can tap it with an iPhone or NFC device and get instructions on how to disable its tracking.

CNET reports that Apple declined to offer more details about AirTag and Find My accessory compatibility with Android, but says they would share more details “later this year”.

The AirTag firmware update is now rolling out to AirTag devices from Thursday. AirTag automatically updates when it’s near an iPhone.

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