After releasing its first Bluetooth-based article tracker, AirTag, Apple has now started pushing an update to the device. Along with some privacy improvements, Apple also confirmed the launch of an Android app to help detect nearby AirTags that people might be uploading unwanted.
Now if you don’t know, Apple released its first item tracker to compete with Samsung’s SmartTag devices and other alternatives. The AirTag introduced many new privacy-focused features that were hailed as revolutionary by Apple. However, many users and critics found that it is quite easy to use an AirTag to stalk people without their knowledge.
It’s especially easier when someone, who is being tracked, has an Android device rather than an iPhone. This is because, unlike an iOS device that comes bundled with a built-in system for detecting a nearby AirTag device using the Find My network, Android devices cannot detect an AirTag moving with you.
Citing this and some other privacy issues with AirTag, Apple recently confirmed that it will launch an Android app to detect AirTag and update its sensors. Although the Cupertino giant did not provide any details on the Android app, it is expected to launch later this year.
As for the latest firmware update, AirTag devices will play the lost mode alert, which plays when the device is separated from its owner, at random times and within 8 to 24 hours after separation. Previously, the item tracker displayed the alert after three days of separation.
Meanwhile, Apple is gearing up for its next annual WWDC 2021 developer conference, which kicks off June 7 next week. At this virtual event, the company will present its next-generation iOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, and other updates for its development tools.