We no longer hoped that Apple would release AirTags search beacons, as already in the release iOS 14.3 the company (probably not on purpose) added an Easter egg that hints at the imminent release of this device. Moreover, any user can get access to it using the Safari browser – readers were among the first to notice the new function. in our chat… Will we see AirTags at the presentation in March or April?
Things in iOS 14.3
If you just open the Latitude app, everything will be as usual for you – just a list of devices with the ability to find each of them, block them remotely, erase them, and so on. However, if you know the special address and type it into the address bar of the Safari browser, you can access hidden items in Latitude. To do this, enter the following URL in Safari:
The “Things” menu will open, which displays the icons of a clock, a backpack and even a bicycle, and a button “Add an item”. When you click on the button, “Find Things” starts, but nothing happens, since you probably do not have devices that can be added to the Locator (AirTags?). Moreover, the function is still at the testing stage.
In fact, the first screenshots of this feature were shown back in 2019, however now it looks like all users can unofficially access the secret page through Safari.
Rumor has it that Apple will soon introduce a new small tracker that will compete with other search beacons like Tile. It will work using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, which is not yet available in other similar devices, which will help reduce the error when searching for an object to a few centimeters. All beacons will be displayed in the Locator app to help you track valuable items. Apple itself leaked information about AirTags last year.
When will AirTag come out
On the web, they immediately began to say that the find in iOS 14.3 indicates the imminent release of AirTags, but everything may be just the opposite. The iOS prompt says “follow the instructions of its (item) manufacturer,” meaning that you can add, for example, another brand of headphones, a speaker, a watch, or even a bicycle to Locator.
Of course, nothing prevents Apple from releasing AirTags and adding them to Latitude in the same way.
Why AirTags are needed
Why bother with Apple’s search beacons? For example, you can attach such a thing (or just put it) on a backpack, bag, keys, bicycle, or even a car. All currently existing beacons are able to work only at a very short distance from the device they are looking for, while AirTag’s detection range is not limited by anything. And this will be their main feature. You will be able to find any device, even if it is in the distance hundreds of kilometers away from you.
Interestingly, this easter egg is not limited to beta software, but also works with public versions of iOS 14. Usually Apple does not allow this, and all leaks are in beta for developers, as a rule, this does not reach release versions. Do you think this is a deliberate leak, or are Apple engineers just not recovering from the holidays?
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