Apple says that air tags will make you less scary

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Photo: Caitlin McGarry/Gizmodo – Apples AirTags are efficiently small Bluetooth trackers but what makes them work so well—taking advantage of Apple’s extensive search of my network of devices that ping each other constantly—also makes them extremely difficult because you can track it on essentially in real time without your knowledge. When Apple launched AirTags, Apple made some efforts to avoid stalking, but in our testing it didn’t go too far to warn people they were being followed. Today, the company is updating these features to a small extent.

Apple informed CNET that the timeframe for an AirTag to sound will be changed to alert someone that travels on or near the device with unknowingly. After three days of undesirable tracking for people without iPhones on the launch, AirTags chirped—this means that you would never know if someone would follow you all day long, but AirTag would come home at night. That window was shortened to “random time between 8 and 24 hours inside a window,” CNET said.

This might be better, frankly, but it certainly improves.

Iphone users who are close to unknown AirTags receive notifications on their phones about the unwanted tracking, although Apple did not speak when these notices passed, and they weren’t working well in our testing. The notifications are based on time and location, but he never received any notices, despite having been away for hours, when I tracked my husband on multiple occasions.

Apple told CNET that later this year it will be implementing an app for Android users to send unwanted tracking notifications which are similar to how the iPhone alerts are functioning. (The same goes for other third-party tracking devices that can also use the Find My network according to CNET.) Hopefully, both the shortened window for hearing warnings and improved Android phone reports will discourage stalkers from using AirTags, although Apple has more work to do here to make the warnings more consistent.

Some of you expressed fears that improving the unwanted tracking features of AirTags could make thefts warned if an item is next to them and make it more difficult to hunt down your stuff when it is stolen. But if that is the bargain to prevent abusers from terrorizing their victims, it will.