Apple has updated the software to AirTags. The company is also working on an Android app for the bluetooth tracker; but it does not work quite as you might hope.
- Reduces time from three days to between 8 and 24 hours
- Android app under development (released sometime in 2021)
- Privacy-related criticism of Apple
Three days before AirTags reveals its position
There is a problem that allows AirTags to be used to track people without their knowledge. AirTags took three days to reveal their position when they were away from their owner; which is plenty of time to track an individual unnoticed.
This is especially bad for Android users who do not receive a message on their screen. Anyone who has a fully updated iPhone can potentially receive a notification before the 3-day period has passed. But not in all situations.
Apple has listened to user reviews and updates AirTags to make it easier to find AirTags that are away from their owners.
The new build number is 1A276d and the firmware version is 1.0.276.
Three days are reduced to 8-24 hours
Instead of three days, AirTags alerts its presence within 8 to 24 hours.
If you have an iPhone that is. For Android users, it still gets really tricky, because here you have to install a special app if you want notifications from unknown AirTags. And Apple has not released any such app – yet!
Apple confirms that they are working on an app for Android, but it will only come later in 2021.
Apple official statement on the update
”The recent introduction of AirTag included industry first proactive features that discourage unwanted tracking.
Following up on our commitment to continue to improve AirTag’s privacy and security, starting today we will be updating the time period after which an AirTag that is separated from its owner will play a sound when moved. This time period is changing from three days to a random time between 8 and 24 hours.
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. ”