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Technology Apple tags are rumored to track your stuff: Everything we think we know

14:11  22 october  2019
14:11  22 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

iOS 13 code shows how Apple’s Tile-like location-tracking tag should work

iOS 13 code shows how Apple’s Tile-like location-tracking tag should work You may be able to use AR to find your stuff

Here's what we think we know for now. Theoretically, a bigger iPhone means more space for fun stuff . A few days before the September 9 event The iPhone 5S would then presumably drop from its current starting price tag of 0 down to 0. Apple 's track record also helps when trying to figure out timing. Last year, the iPhone 5S was announced on September 10 and hit shelves September 20.

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Reports have been circulating about Apple making a tracker tag similar to Tile smart trackers. And since Apple debuted new ultra wideband or UWB technology in its iPhone 11 models, the speculation has heated up that Apple could release its Tile-competitor before the end of 2019.

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Apple first debuted its iBeacon, an implementation of Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) wireless technology, in iOS 7 in 2014. The Beacons were small, inexpensive Bluetooth transmitters that aimed to provide location-based information and services to iPhones . For example, if a retailer has a beacon in its shop and you have the retailer's app, if you pass the shop, you might get an alert for a special offer.

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The rumored new tracker tags could work a little differently. For example, Tile's tags can be clipped onto your keys, bag, a child's toy or slipped into your wallet or passport. It can also be stuck on a device, remote control, outdoor gear or other small electronics to help you keep track of lots of different items.

While nothing hasn't been officially confirmed, the tech giant has dropped a number of bread crumbs to indicate that the product is possible. Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Here are all the rumors we've heard so far about Apple's possible tracker tag tech.

Rumor: Tag design

After Apple's WWDC's keynote presentation in June, "Tag 1,1" was spotted in the original iOS 13 code by developer Steve Moser, and whispers began about the company developing its own alternative to the Tile trackers. Further examination of the original internal build showed that the tracker would likely be small and circular, with the Apple logo in the center.

Apple’s tracking tags will reportedly use ultra-wideband for precision

Apple’s tracking tags will reportedly use ultra-wideband for precision While we've known for a while now that Apple is working on a Tile-like tracking device, what hasn't been clear is how the company plans to differentiate the product beyond its usual ecosystem tie-ins. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a solid track record on rumors, and claims the answer is a technology called ultra-wideband (UWB) that will allow the tags to perform better than currently-available competition. With the help of Bluetooth LE, current tags can help a person pinpoint the location of an item to an area of about 16 feet.

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Rumor: What the tag can track

If the tracker tags are going to mirror Tiles, it's possible that they'll be able to clip onto various items. The code suggested the tags will be battery-powered and able to attach to items like keys, a purse or a backpack, and could then be used to help you find them if the item is lost. The tracker tags can reportedly pair with your iCloud account by proximity to an iPhone or other Apple device.

Users would reportedly get notifications when the device gets too far away from the tag, so you wouldn't lose things. If the tagged item is in a location that the user has set as a safe place, users won't be notified by the app. If the user taps a button on the phone app, the tags could chime. If an item is put in "lost mode," other iPhone users might be able to contact the user if they find the lost item.

In addition, the tags and app might have an augmented reality feature to help find lost items. An AR red floating balloon might appear over the area when people are looking through the screen in the app to help them get a more precise location, according to the iOS 13 internal build, uncovered by MacRumors.

iPhone 11's ultra-wideband chip helps you AirDrop with the right person

iPhone 11's ultra-wideband chip helps you AirDrop with the right person Apple introduced the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro with nary a mention of its rumored tracking tags, but the underlying technology appears to be present and accounted for. True to earlier reports, all iPhone 11 models include an ultra-wideband chip, the U1, that should eventually have a variety of uses for highly precise location finding. Apple's product pages mention one feature that will be available very shortly, on September 30th: point your device toward someone else with a U1-equipped iPhone and AirDrop will prioritize them to share files faster.

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Rumor: The tag will work with the Find My app

The tracker tags will reportedly work with the new Find My app, a hybrid of the former Find My Phone and Find My Friends apps, under a specific tab called "Items." A dedicated hardware tracker would allow anything to be tracked the way the app now tracks misplaced iPhones, iPads or AirPods , for example.

Rumor: The U1 chip in the new phones is prepping other Apple products for the tags

When Apple debuted its new line of phones at the iPhone 11 event in September, the tech giant added a new chip to its phones. As mentioned above, the U1 chip takes advantage of ultrawideband technology, which will allow increased precision when locating other U1-equipped Apple devices by offering "GPS at the scale of your living room," MacRumors reported. This isn't confirmation of the tracker tags, but it appears like Apple is laying the groundwork in its new devices.

Since older iPhones don't have the U1 chip, it appears likely that Apple would give its trackers both Bluetooth and UWB technology so that it would work with non-iPhone 11 models. However, the newer models will likely pinpoint tracked devices much more accurately. While Bluetooth can track items within about 5 meters, UWB can track items up to a distance of 5 to 10 centimeters.

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iOS 13: Cool features you'll want to try now

iOS 13.2 reveals Apple’s Tile-like device could be called AirTag .
Apple could be ready to announce these soonReferences to Apple’s potential location tracking tags first appeared in early iOS 13 beta code, and rumors suggested Apple would introduce the devices alongside the iPhone 11 at last month’s event. That Apple event came and went without a mention of AirTag or any Tile-like features, but the hints in iOS 13.2 could mean Apple might be ready to unveil its tag hardware and features.

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