Software Updates for AirTags which were Released in April by Apple

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    AirTags were released by Apple in April to inform the users about their belongings. The concerns which were raised by the users of being tracked in-person, the company announced the software updates for the AirTags.

    The concerns that were raised by the users were that the coin-sized tracker might help to know the real-time location. The new update of the AirTag will enable the AirTags to beep if they are away from the owner’s iPhone. It can beep at a random time between eight and 24 hours. AirTags should update their software when it is nearby the owner’s iPhone. Apple says it is also planning to introduce safeguards for Android users.”Later this year, we will also introduce an Android application that will enable users to detect an AirTag or Find My network-enabled accessory separated from its owner that may be traveling with a user,” said the company in a statement.

    The device is small enough to be placed inside a bag or a coat pocket, which raised concerns about its potential for misuse.If an iPhone detects that somebody else’s tracker is following it around, it is supposed to display an alert. The tags were also programmed to beep if they were away from their owner’s iPhone for three days, potentially allowing the owner to be tracked without their knowledge.

    People with Android smartphones do not see an on-screen warning. Several reviewers said they had used AirTags to successfully track friends or family. Kirk McElhearn wrote on tech blog Intego that he had posted one of the trackers to a friend in south London. After the device was delivered, the friend left the envelope on his kitchen counter. Mr. McElhearn said his AirTag failed to alert his friend of its presence after more than four days in his house.

    Some reviewers have also suggested the 15-second warning beeps are not loud enough to be heard over everyday household noises.