Apple is distributing an AirTags software update that makes it harder for people to use them for surreptitious tracking. Apple shows people that they are finding their lost keys or bags that the trackers are attached to.
There are concerns that tiny devices could be used to covertly track people without their knowledge, and we’ve seen numerous reports since the AirTags were released that some adjustments were needed to make devices more privacy-conscious for everyone.
Apple is now updating the AirTags to chime at some point between eight and 24 hours of separation, significantly reducing how long an AirTag can travel before telling on itself.
Eight to 24 hours is still a long time to be tracked without knowing, but it’s good to see that Apple is at least starting to address some of people’s concerns.