Apple AirTags are supposed to make it easy for us to find our lost things, but are they really resistant to everyday blunders? The American site Cnet gave them a tough quarter of an hour. And the observation is unambiguous: Apple’s tracking tokens are holding up the shock.
They are not afraid of water, ice, or falls. This is what we learned from an article published by Cnet, which wanted to know how the AirTags are resistant to our everyday stupidities and to certain extreme conditions. To get an idea of their durability, the specialized American site carried out a triptych of experiments. “Non-scientific” : voluntarily forget an AirTags in a washing machine to test their protection index IP67 (supposed to allow a resistance to an immersion of one meter for 30 minutes) place the Apple tracking token in a freezer, and drop it in the ground with keys several times.
Certain resistance, but aging will not succeed
Slipped into a trouser pocket and then added to a washing machine with other clothes for a 54-minute cold cycle, Cnet’s AirTag remained linked to the Find My app from the machine’s drum (despite a weak signal) and even managed to ring from the inside … enough to be heard from the outside. Coming out of the machine, the tracker had inherited a few scratches (after being ejected from the pocket during washing) but still fully functional.
Source : Lexy Savvides for CNET.com
Same observation or almost during the next test. Placed in water in an ice bucket, then slipped into a freezer, AirTags remained audible and linked with Find My until the ice solidified. Once frozen, the latter remained inoperative throughout the remainder of the test. Thawing it with hot water was enough to get it working again, but beware: water had seeped near the battery. If you drop an AirTag in the snow (for example) and it stays there for a long time, Cnet therefore recommends opening the battery compartment and drying it thoroughly before using the accessory again.
Against the backdrop of repeated falls (10 times in a row on rock) after being strapped to a keychain using a leather case, the AirTag was simply marked with a few scratches. Beyond these few cosmetic damages, the token was functioning normally.
As Cnet points out, this very positive assessment should however be tempered. Over the long term, AirTags will lose their resistance, especially to dust, water and humidity. In the end, the AirTags’ worst enemy therefore simply seems to be old age.
Source: Frandroid by www.frandroid.com.
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