The apple brand advises against using its AirTags to track children in a park, but doesn’t totally reject the idea of tracking a pet’s position. Apple has also provided a number of devices to prevent stalkers from misusing its trackers.
Why not track my cat or my child with an AirTag? Since the presentation of its AirTags, alongside the iMac M1 or the iPad Pro during its spring keynote, these are the kind of questions that Apple has been able to answer about its new tracking device. Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of iPhone marketing, when asked by MacRumors about the possibility of tracking children or animals, initially responded that a product like the Apple Watch configured with the family option would be a better choice.
When it comes to animals, the VP is not so categorical. After repeating that AirTags were designed to track objects, she says: “If people really want to use it with their pets, they will need to make sure their moving animal is within range of a device with the Find my app to find its last known position. “
An anti stalker feature
Still on the subject of the use of Air Tags for something other than object tracking, Apple took the opportunity to reassure the use that a stalker or an ill-intentioned person could make of the device. Last March, Apple introduced a new feature in its Find My app in the iOS 14.5 beta. The idea is this: an iPhone should be able to detect if an unknown tracker is being used to track its user. For example, you can imagine someone slipping an AirTag into your back backpack pocket to follow you.
In principle, iPhone users facing such a situation should receive a notification which will essentially say: “An AirTag traveling with you has been found”. There, a message should allow the user to manually disable it.
Kaiann Drance adds: “If you think there is a risk that someone has followed you without your consent, you can contact law enforcement. The AirTag serial number is paired with your Apple ID, which provides basic information like your name, email address, or date of birth. Apple will be able to provide this information to law enforcement if requested, along with the appropriate warrant. “
What about people who don’t own an iPhone? For smartphone users with an NFC reader, it is possible to detect the serial number of any AirTag, even if it has been deleted from the device, says Ron Huang, senior director of detection. connectivity at Apple in an interview conducted by YouTuber René Ritchie.
Apple even thought about people who don’t own smartphones. If an AirTag is away from its user for too long, it will produce a sound that will help find them.
And to avoid alerts at all costs, Apple has still activated these security features only if the owner of the AirTag is not present nearby.
Pre-sales of AirTags have been open since today at 35 euros, and 119 euros in a pack of four. They will be available from April 30.