Apple is constantly introducing new technical devices and gadgets that are supposed to make everyday life easier. From the name it can AirTag can easily be confused with the AirPods, but they are completely different things.
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A relatively new invention from Apple is the AirTag. It is a small round device that does nothing more than send a Bluetooth signal. You can attach an AirTag to your keychain or put it in your backpack. If you don’t know where your keys are, for example, you can open the “Where is?” App on your iPhone and you can locate your keys. If you report the AirTag as lost in the app, you will be notified as soon as an Apple device is close to the AirTag.
So that you don’t lose the small part yourself, there are special “covers” in the form of key fobs for him. So the AirTag is always attached to your pocket or wallet. From the iPhone 11, the location is even more precise, as you are guided directly to the object you are looking for. In addition, AirTags are waterproof and run on a battery that should last about a year.
You can currently buy an AirTag from 30 euros, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to other Apple products. If you buy a pack of four right away, you can usually save a few euros. However, there are also much cheaper alternatives, the SmartTag from Samsung currently costs around ten euros less. Other manufacturers sell the small tracking gadgets even more cheaply.
Data protection: who can locate me?
Since AirTags are so small, it seems like the perfect invention for stalkers. But this is not the case, as your iPhone will notify you as soon as a strange AirTag is in your area. If you still don’t know exactly where it is, you can click on “Play sound”. You should then be able to locate the small device in your area.
So that you do not receive continuous notifications, they only appear when the owner of the AirTag is not on site. In addition, Apple has developed an app for Android users that enables these notifications for people without an iPhone. Thus, protection from stalking applies to everyone.
If you don’t have an iPhone, we’ve also listed the best AirTag alternatives for Android smartphones. You can find out what AirPods are and what differentiates the individual models in our comparison “AirPods vs. AirPods Pro”.