Apple AirTag Getting an Update to Address Privacy Concerns, Android App Coming Later This Year

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Apple AirTag is receiving an replace that can change the time interval after which it performs a sound when separated from its proprietor. That is primarily to handle issues over whether or not AirTags might doubtlessly be used to stalk somebody. Along with altering the alert timing, Apple has introduced its plans to convey an Android app to let a bigger variety of folks detect an AirTag separated from its proprietor. The brand new AirTag-focussed bulletins notably come simply days earlier than the start of WWDC 2021 — this 12 months’s version of Apple’s developer convention.

As first reported by CNET, Apple is bringing an replace to the AirTag that can shorten the time interval after which it performs an alerting sound when separated from its proprietor. The Cupertino firm stated that as an alternative of giving a window of three days, the replace is reducing the interval to a “random time” between eight and 24 hours. Because of this an AirTag would play the sound anytime between the brand new time interval when separated from its proprietor and alert close by folks.

The change addresses issues that some folks raised concerning the AirTag — that it might enable people to secretly track others. The brand new time interval is, nonetheless, nonetheless lengthy sufficient for folks to be tracked with out their data. Nonetheless, the situation of selecting a random time means the house owners of AirTags wouldn’t know precisely once they can be a capable of play the alerting sound after the eight-hour interval.

Apple confirmed to Devices 360 that the software program replace altering the time interval for the AirTag will begin rolling out immediately. It would attain your AirTag robotically when it comes into the proximity of your iPhone or iPad — much like how Apple offers updates to AirPods.

Along with the replace, Apple has confirmed to Devices 360 than an Android app for AirTag is coming later this 12 months. It would enable customers to detect an AirTag separated from its proprietor and could also be unsuspectedly “touring” with them. The app may also work with different Find My network-enabled units. That is one other step to handle issues over possibilities of folks abuse the AirTag or Find My network-enabled units to surreptitiously monitor others.

Apple is at the moment busy getting ready for the WWDC 2021 occasion, which can begin Monday, June 7. The corporate is probably going to offer some particulars about the way it might broaden the utilization of AirTag and bolster its Discover My community at that digital convention.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about shopper know-how for Devices 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Devices 360, and has steadily written about apps, pc safety, Web companies, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is accessible on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or E mail at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please ship in your leads and suggestions.
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