The Apple AirTag is a great idea done right, meant for absent-minded folks who tend to misplace their stuff. Slightly bigger than a Singapore $1 coin, the AirTag fits comfortably in a small bag pocket or wallet coin pouch. You can also purchase accessories such as a keychain or luggage tag.
- IP67 water and dust resistant
- CR2032 coin cell replaceable battery
- one year battery life
Using Bluetooth and the ultra-wideband U1 chip, the AirTag can transmit its precise location to your iPhone within 10 meters. In lost mode, the AirTag will securely tell nearby iPhones to send its location to help you find it. Otherwise, your phone will remember the last location it was at, and you can make it play a sound or use the Precision Finding feature for directional arrows. This only works on the iPhone 11 and above. You can also use Siri to locate the AirTag.
It work great for lanyard and keys, and possibly pets (though Apple doesn’t recommend this). However, I didn’t find it useful for tracking down my car. You kind of need to be within 10 meters for the signal to connect, and by then you’re probably in visual sight. It works best outdoors, since you can use the map to find your car. In multi-story carparks, though, you will have to guess the floor and walk around. So use the AirTags for your bags and smaller items you tend to misplace. Lost mode also activates NFC on the AirTag that Android and iPhone users can scan to get contact details of the owner.
In case you’re wondering, you can’t use the AirTag to maliciously track someone. If away from a paired iPhone, it will start beeping after three days. The AirTag also detects if it is traveling with an iPhone it’s not paired with, and will send an alert to the iPhone. This allows the owner to know that he or she may have accidentally taken the AirTag, or are being tracked without their permission. Lastly, I do want to note that while the AirTag looks great, the stainless steel back scratches really, really, easily.
The Apple AirTag is available for sale for S$45. A set of four goes for S$149, meaning it’s a buy three, get one free deal. You can get it from online retailers such as Lazada, Shopee, or the Apple Store. To personalize with a free engraving, you’ll have to order it from Apple, but note that your order will take more time to arrive.
Note: Review unit provided by Apple.