We would really appreciate it now. One of my favorite things about air attacks is just how simple they are to use and set up. Unlike competitors, you don’t need to download apps or even register, and you don’t have to wait for software updates or even hit a button. You just pull the tab and place it close to your phone and the connect screen just pops up and a few seconds later. You just choose what you want to label it, and you’re done my parents, or even my grandmother, could set these up and use them without any issues, so they would make absolutely great gifts for people to have iphones, in fact, i’ve already gifted a set. Now that leads me to the other biggest advantage of air tags, which is the network, and i want to address a major misconception. The find my app is installed on all iphones and it runs automatically when needed, while being secure and not using much data and to use air tags. You do need to have ios 14.5 or newer installed, but a lot of people think that only those with ios 14.5 can help find other air tags. The truth is that anybody with an iphone running, ios, 14 or even 13 can help find your lost ear tag. And what is shocking is that 98 of active iphones have these versions installed. So practically everyone can help track your air tag and that doesn’t even include macs and ipads.
The other misconception is the sound that an air tag will make if it is disconnected from your iphone and there is no iphone nearby. Some people were worried that their gear would start making sounds after a while if, for example, they left on vacation but no worries thanks to the accelerometer. If your item isn’t moved while you’re disconnected, it will not randomly start going off, but i’ll touch on this more. In just a bit, one thing that i’ve discovered in my testing is that when you put your air tag into lost mode and you’re out of range, it doesn’t just constantly put out a signal to be found. Apple doesn’t tell us how often it pings, but after a few tests in popular spots, my ear attacks kept being found just after 15 minutes of being disconnected and being in that loss mode, and that does sound about right since that’s. Exactly how often tile sends out a signal now i thought that it would be found right away if there’s somebody with an iphone nearby, but it wasn’t, which was annoying at first. But now. I know that it’s a good thing, because if it did ping all the time, the battery life would be nowhere near the one year of rated battery life, but possibly only just a few weeks if it just had to keep sending out that signal. Another thing that i didn’t know before is that, after setting up your air tag, that network of apple devices will ping off of it when it is away from you and it will update location of your item without you even having to put it into lost mode.
The way apple set it up if you’re ever away from your tag, it will update its location in the app without sending you notifications. So if you lose an item somewhere around people, there’s a good chance that once you realize that you’ve actually lost it, you will have a location listed, so you can go and find it right away and now let’s get into the first problem that i’ve experienced with The air tag, which is actually making me wish for a better pro version of the air tag, and that is how accurate the location shows and even more so, the range in my testing. I had multiple times where the find my app shows location, but it is a fair bit off from where the tag actually is now i’m, not sure if that’s, because a moving car picked it up and by the time their location was pulled and sent to apple Servers they have moved already, but it definitely is frustrating you guys may have seen me wandering around in my hands on video looking for my tag but that’s. Basically, what you have to do, since the amazing guiding system doesn’t work until you’re realistically about 30 feet away depending on if there are obstructions – and that leads me into the second issue with the air tags – that is the range of air tags and it’s definitely shorter Than the tile pro or samsung’s smart tag, if you’re in line of sight, those have about 50 percent more range but indoors with obstructions, they can have up to double the range of the air tag, and not only that.
Their speakers are also a lot louder than the ear tags that uses a special speaker that actually moves the side of the body, which is why it’s quieter. But with that i have to mention that the benefit is that the air tag is waterproof. So if your keys or anything else, gets dunked, it will still work, unlike the others, and with two out of the three issues covered. I have to praise how well that network works compared to its biggest competitor in my first test at the mall, where i placed them right at the entrance. My air tag was found after 15 minutes, while tile took 45 minutes to be found, and that is in a really busy popular place. The second time i placed both in a parking lot that isn’t too busy and the air tag was found after 30 minutes, whereas the tile took two and a half hours and then for my final test. I hit both of them next to a trail that isn’t often used. My air tag was found a little bit after two hours, but guess how long it took the tile to be found, go ahead and pause. This video and comment down below take a guess because it was in fact found, but i want to hear you guys guesses all right. It took 32 hours to be found, no joke, and i was honestly thinking that it’s not going to get found at all. This is why there’s no way that i’m using tile or anything else, if i drop something when i’m, hiking or somewhere that isn’t very busy or maybe i have something stolen, i actually have a very good chance of finding it with the air tag, and that is What matters most now, if you don’t, need that awesome, visual and haptic guidance to find your air tag and you’d prefer a much stronger connection and a louder speaker and you live in a busy part of a big city.
The tile might work better for you and probably the biggest reason to buy it would be paying for its subscription and getting those smart notifications. If you love something behind and also being able to share them with others, which is my third problem or issue with the air tags apple knows when you’ve disconnected from an air tag – and you could see your friends and family with the find my app. So why not add those features that would make air tags much more useful, and the last thing i want to mention is something that i’m still not quite sure how i should feel about, and that is the privacy features now some people want more privacy protection from Apple but the same time, tile has none of these, and anybody could slip a tile into somebody’s, backpack or say a car and track them. But apple did put in some smart features to help against this, which, at the same time, could potentially tell a thief that they are being tracked. I gave one of these to a friend and he kept it with him for two days, but for some reason he never got a pop up on his iphone 12. That is running iphone 14.5, even though he went home, and then he went to a couple other places that he often visits now. I know some people have gotten a pop up after just a few hours, so it is just really weird how apple is being very private about this.
They gave us a little bit of info, but in reality i guess the one thing that i would appreciate is for apple to give us just a very clear explanation about how these privacy features work, and with that i would love if apple gave us some options With these, for example, i would absolutely love to change how often it pings from roughly every 15 minutes to say about five. I would gladly you know, sacrifice some battery life and maybe have to change it out every three or four months to get faster and more accurate tracking, but of course, giving users more customization and control isn’t, really the apple thing to do. But with that said overall, i am really happy with the air tags. The visual and haptic guidance is awesome when you’re trying to find items at home or in the office, and if you lose something the chance of you finding, it is much greater than with other options. Because of this, even if you don’t often lose your items, i would highly recommend buying a couple of these because, even though they aren’t gps trackers or an insurance policy, they are by far the cheapest option to track things that might be lost or stolen. And although the air tags could be a lot better say if the speaker is louder or if i had better range and especially if it actually had a hole in it from the factory, so you don’t have to buy all those accessories.
I think apple still knocked it out of the park. This is a device that is not very expensive and it definitely does the job. So thank you guys for watching. Let me know your thoughts down in the comment section below. I have links in the description and also to the video that angelica made with the best third party accessories, so you guys can save some money. Click that circle above, if you guys want to subscribe and help us reach our goal of 1 million subscribers. That would be awesome and check out the two air tag: videos right over there.