Apple Updates AirTag Firmware | Silicon UK Tech Information

Angelena Iglesia

Apple has opened up in regards to the particulars of a number of latest firmware updates for its AirTag monitoring units for the iPhone ecosystem.

From November Apple had launched two firmware updates for its AirTag tracker system, however till now the agency remained tight lipped in regards to the actual particulars of these updates.

It comes as Apple faces authorized motion alleging its AirTags had been misused for undesirable monitoring/stalking by some dangerous actors. For over a yr now, Apple has responded to those issues by regularly neutering the core operate of the AirTag.

Apple Updates AirTag Firmware | Silicon UK Tech Information

Monitoring controversy

Apple launched its AirTag monitoring units again in April 2021 – in an extra enlargement of Apple’s ‘Discover My’ ecosystem. It was designed to assist customers preserve monitor of their belongings (backpacks, automobiles, wallets, purses and many others).

It delivers precision discovering by giving customers the precise distance and course to their AirTag, guiding them via a mix of sound, haptics, and visible suggestions.

Nevertheless it instantly triggered some privateness issues, regardless of there already being rival choices from companies similar to Tile in the marketplace.

Apple insisted that as a result of it’s a part of the ‘Discover My’ ecosystem, location knowledge was stored non-public and nameless with end-to-end encryption.


It must be famous that Apple iPhones mechanically embody a characteristic that alerts them when an AirTag they don’t personal seems to be “following” them.

However two months after its launch, Apple in June 2021 launched a software program replace after customers complained that AirTags may very well be used to stalk folks.

That replace modified the window of time through which the AirTag will emit its sound warning – to a random time between 8 and 24 hours after the system is out of vary of its proprietor’s iPhone.

And it took one other six months for Apple to launch its ‘Tracker Detect’ app to permit Android customers to seek for close by energetic trackers, together with Apple’s AirTag.

In February 2022 Apple once more responded to issues that AirTags had been being abused by stalkers, and positioned new privateness warnings throughout AirTag setup, warning folks the units are supposed to monitor belongings, and that monitoring folks with out their consent is a criminal offense.

Replace particulars

Now has opened up about what its two latest firmware updates for its AirTag really does.

In a notice on its assist web site, Apple offered particulars in regards to the firmware updates named 2.0.24 and a couple of.0.36.

The two.0.24 AirTag firmware replace was launched on 10 November, and it lets iPhone customers find an unknown AirTag with Precision Discovering.

This characteristic was introduced by Apple earlier this yr as a part of the corporate’s measures to stop folks from utilizing AirTag for stalking functions. It prompts when a iPhone detects an unknown AirTag transferring with the consumer. The individual can use Precision Discovering mixed with a sound alert to rapidly discover and disable that AirTag.

Precision Discovering requires a supported iPhone mannequin with Extremely Wideband (i.e an iPhone 11 or later).

In fact, this replace isn’t a lot assist for the precise trustworthy AirTag consumer, if the iPhone consumer is definitely the thief who stole the belongings that the AirTag was hidden in.

As well as with the two.0.24 AirTag firmware replace, Apple additionally enhanced notification alerts for when an AirTag separated from its proprietor is transferring with one other individual, and the AirTag will emit a sound to point it has been moved.

As for AirTag firmware replace 2.0.36, launched on 12 December, Apple stated it mounted a problem through which the accelerometer constructed into the AirTag wasn’t activating in sure eventualities. This sensor is probably going used to assist the iPhone detect when an AirTag is transferring.

Customers can test the firmware model of their AirTags by going to the Discover My app and tapping on the AirTag identify.

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