Apple AirTag Update to Privacy Issues, Android app coming later this year

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Apple AirTag receives an update that changes the period after which it plays audio separated from the owner. The main purpose of this is to worry about whether AirTages may be used to persecute someone. In addition to changing the alarm timing, Apple has announced plans to bring an Android app to allow more people to detect the AirTag, which has been separated from its owner. The new AirTag-centric announcements come especially a few days before the start of WWDC 2021 – this year’s edition of the Apple Developer Conference.

Like was first reported by CNET Apple brings the update AirTag it shortens the period after which it plays an alarm sound separated from its Owner. The Cupertino company said that instead of updating, the three-day window was given for a period of “random time” between eight and 24 hours. This means that AirTag will play the sound at any time between the new period when it is separated from its Owner and alert people nearby.

The change addresses concerns raised by some people about AirTag – that it could allow individuals to secretly follow others. However, the new period is still long enough for people to be tracked without their knowledge. However, the requirement to select a random time means that AirTag owners do not know exactly when they will be able to play the alarm sound after an eight-hour period.

Apple confirmed to Gadgets 360 that a software update that will change AirTag’s period will begin releasing today. It automatically reaches your AirTag when it comes close to your iPhone or iPad – similar to Apple offering updates AirPodit.

In addition to the update, Apple has confirmed Gadgets 360 as Android an app for AirTag is coming later this year. It allows users to spot an AirTag separately from its owner, and they can no doubt “travel” with them. The application also works with others Find me network devices. This is another step in responding to people’s chances of abusing AirTag or Find me devices that use network connections to secretly track others.

Apple is currently busy preparing WWDC 2021 an event to come starts on Monday, June 7th. The company is likely to provide some details on how it could expand its use of AirTag and strengthen its Find My network in that virtual meeting.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about Consumer Technology for Gadget 360 in New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior editor of Gadgets 360 and has written extensively on applications, security, Internet services, and telecommunications developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or by email at [email protected]. Submit leads and tips.
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