Apple has announced a handful of changes designed to improve the privacy of AirTag item trackers. The company is adjusting the time it takes for AirTags to sound an alert after being separated from their owner, and Apple plans to release an Android app for detecting AirTags later this year.
As first reported by CNET, Apple is rolling out this AirTag firmware update starting today. AirTags will update will automatically when in range of a connected iPhone.
With this firmware update, an AirTag will now play a sound after its been departed from its owner inside a window “after eight hours, and within 24 hours.” The company is also developing an app for Android users that will alert them to an AirTag potentially moving with them.
To further reassure people about its AirTags, Apple said it’s developing an app for Android devices that will help people “detect” an AirTag or Find My network-enabled device that may also be unsuspectedly “traveling” with them. The app will be released later this year.
“The recent introduction of AirTag included industry first proactive features that discourage unwanted tracking,” Apple said in a statement. The moves, it added, represent a continued commitment to improve AirTag’s privacy and security.
You can check your AirTag’s firmware version in the Find My app on your iPhone.
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