Apple has long rumoured to be working on a Tile-like Bluetooth tracker dubbed as the AirTags. Reports in the past have hinted towards a mixed timeline as to when the company would launch the AirTags. Now, a new report details when the company will launch the AirTags.
As per a report by noted tipster Jon Prosser, Apple will launch the AirTags in November. The tipster says that the final testing for the device will be completed by November 6 and that the company would start shipping the device within 30 days of that timeline.
It is worth noting that the tipster in a separate tweet had said that the iPhone maker will be hosting a special event in November this year wherein it would be launching a line of Mac computers that are powered by its own ARM processors. The tipster said that Apple is expected to host the Mac Event on November 17. If this is indeed the case, the AirTags may arrive alongside the ARM-powered Mac computers next month.
For the unware, AirTags is a small battery-powered Tile-like Puck tracker that can locate an object wirelessly by sending a signal to a receiver like the iPhone. And just like we use GPS to find a location, the signal is used to detect the object. Methods mentioned in the patent include localization techniques such as time of flight, received signal strength indication, triangulation, etc.
Notably, this is not the first time that we have heard about a potential launch date for AirTags. While some reports in the past have hinted towards the company launching the device in 2020. Others have said that the company may launch the Bluetooth tracker in 2021 along with a new MacBook Pro, a new MacBook Air, an entry-level iPad and new Mac computers.
“The Apple pipeline is planned to be packed into 2021. New MBP, new iPad Air and entry iPad, iMac, new Watches, 4+ new iPhones, HomePod mini, AirTags, Apple TV, new AirPods, over-ear headphones, in-display TouchID, MiniLED, 5G, ARM Mac transitions… let’s see if Covid has an impact,” Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said in a tweet earlier this year.
However, fresh reports suggest otherwise. Apple, meanwhile, has remained tight-lipped about the matter. So, for now, all we can do is wait for the company to shed some light in this regard.