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Apple has finally introduced its own object tracker, AirTag. A similar product was previously on sale by Tile, but since it is not available in our country, we need to learn about AirTag. First of all, Apple has equipped AirTag with Ultra Broadband technology support thanks to the U1 chip inside for more accurate location tracking. With an initial price of $ 29 (or $ 99 for a four-dollar pack), this coin-sized gadget is now on sale. Well before you buy, you should be wondering about compatibility.

Answer: iPhones, iPads and iPods. However, your Apple device must be running iOS 14.5. Fortunately, you don’t need the latest iPhone to use AirTag, as evident from Apple’s full list of devices compatible with object trackers:

iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone XS
iPhone XS Max iPhone XR iPhone XR iPhone X
iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6S iPhone 6S Plus iPhone SE Gen 1 iPhone SE Gen 2
iPad Pro 12.9 inch
(4th generation)
iPad Pro 12.9 inch
(3rd generation)
iPad Pro 11 inch
(2nd generation)
iPad Pro 11 inch
(1st generation)
iPad Pro 12.9 inch
(1st and 2nd generation)
iPad Pro 10.5 inch iPad Pro 9.7 inch iPad Air 2
iPad Air (3.
generation)
iPad Air (4th generation) iPad mini 4 iPad mini (5.
generation)
iPad (6th generation) iPad (7.
generation)
iPad (8th generation) iPod Touch (7th generation)

Now, there is an important point here. Not all AirTag features are supported by the above mentioned devices. The best example is the Precision Fing feature of the U1 chip inside the AirTag, which uses Ultra Wideband technology for more accurate positioning. On the other hand, in order to benefit from this feature, you need to have an iPhone model that comes with the U1 chip. Apple says that currently only iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 series devices support Precision Fing. However, later this year, the iPhone 13 series will also be added to the compatibility list.

AirTag is only compatible with Apple devices, not Android phones, as it works first after connecting to the Find My app. The app in question is not yet available for Android phones and tabledollarser and will probably not be released in the near future. However, if you have an Android phone with NFC support, Apple may offer very limited – but useful – interactivity with the object tracker.

Apple has created a Lost Mode that allows you to find an AirTag that is out of range. So if you come across an AirTag in the wild and have an Android phone with an NFC chip inside, simply tap the phone on the tracker to open a Lost Mode message. The Lost Mode message will direct you to a website that will display the AirTag’s owner’s contact number so you can reach them and help them find the lost object tracker and attached item.

Also, if you have an AirTag that moves with you and makes noises after being taken into Lost Mode by its owner, you can tap your NFC-enabled Android phone to silence the tracking device after watching the yellow on the screen. This will also help you find the necessary information to return it to the person who lost it in the first place.

Sure, AirTag will come in handy if you tend to forget things like your wallet or car keys frequently, but protecting your phone is just as important. If you own an iPhone 12, it may be helpful to purchase a case to protect your glossy phone from accidents and keep it intact.


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