Apple software update to improve AirTags and unwanted alerts
Apple has announced an upcoming software update that will bring a slew of improvements to AirTags and users’ notifications.
The company said it’d been made aware that users occasionally receive unwanted tracking alerts when an AirTag is nearby for reasons that don’t necessarily correspond to the alerts’ actual purpose.The alerts – which users receive when they have an airbag or AirPods with them but aren’t connected to their Apple ID – are intended to prevent people from being tracked by someone without their knowledge. Unfortunately, this means you’ll also get notifications on your device if you take your partner’s keys with an AirTag attached or drive a car with someone else’s AirPods.
When airbags and Find My Network are first updated, new privacy warnings will appear when you set up an AirTag, detailing that airbags are designed to track your personal belongings and not people, the latter being a criminal offence and law enforcement agencies may request identifying information about owners of the airbag.The update also reveals that users won’t receive an “Unknown accessory detected” alert when an AirTag is detected near them, only AirPods (3rd gen), AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or a third-party “Find My” accessory. Also, the alert will be updated to state AirPods travelled with you instead of “Unknown accessories.”
Apple says there will also be several other updates throughout the year, including more precision finding capabilities, displaying alerts with sound, the ability to adjust the AirTag’s sound, and improvements for unwanted tracking alerts.You can turn off alerts by opening the Find My app, tapping your profile in the lower-right corner, and turning off Item Safety alerts. There are also many other AirTag tips and tricks in our separate feature.