Apple makes the AirTags that spy on you ring louder

It was in the pipes. In early February 2022, Apple announced that its AirTag, a tracking device launched in April 2021, would be updated to offer more security to those exposed to it. On April 28, 2022, the California-based company released a support page for AirTag firmware update 1.0.301. She indicates a new “adjust unwanted tracking sound to locate an unknown AirTag more easily”.

This update corresponds to what the firm mentioned in February: “Currently, iOS users receiving a tracking alert can make the unknown AirTag play a sound to locate it. We will modulate the tone to increase the volume and make it easier to locate”. And more improvements are expected to arrive in the coming months.

Apple also wants to improve precision location, allowing the user to pinpoint the unknown AirTag accurately. Smartphones will indicate how far and in which direction an unknown AirTag is within range. “As the iPhone user moves around, this feature will aggregate data from the camera, ARKit, accelerometer, and gyroscope, and guide them to the AirTag using sound, haptic and visual signals”, says the company. It also plans to update its tracking alert to notify users earlier that an unknown AirTag or Find My network accessory is tracking them.

If the Apple AirTag is generally used to find lost objects, its use has been diverted, for example to steal vehicles. A practice documented by several users on TikTok, and relayed in our columns at the beginning of January.

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