In the latest video of his YouTube tech-show, Front Page Tech, Apple leaker Jon Prosser has shared concepts of Apple’s long-rumored AirTags tracking device based on real-life images. Jon says the concepts were made in order to protect his source and were made by @cConceptCreator..
The design is as you’d expect from Apple, clean and according to Jon, it’s just “a tad larger” than a typical bottle-cap. The small design is convenient given it can fit pretty much anywhere, whether inside your bag, wallet, or a keychain. The front is completely clean with a white finish, on the back, a huge Apple logo is engraved alongside labeling around the edges. Based on the concepts, the back does not seem to be flush with the rest of the design, much like the camera bump on the iPhone and iPad.
Jon says the real magic is inside because of the “ultra-wideband” chip, first introduced on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro which allows for short-range, high-bandwidth communication between devices. Its accuracy is greater than WiFi and Bluetooth; within centimeters to be exact. Apple will begin to make the U1 chip a standard in all of its products in preparation for AirTags becoming mainstream.
While the design is simple and clean it’s missing one thing; a way to hock them. Tile trackers have a hole at the top so you can hock it to your bag, or keychain. Apple’s AirTags has no way to do such a thing, but according to Jon Apple will have a separate version of AirTags meant for the keychain, sold separately. AirTags also opens the door for a wide number of different accessories from cases, keychains, and more.
As for a launch, a report earlier this month suggested it will launch alongside the iPhone 12 at an October event. A separate report this month also suggests that mass production of the tracking device has already begun. With Apple’s September 15th event just one day away and no sign of AirTags making an arrival, an October launch with the iPhone 12 seems highly likely.