Apple AirTags may surprise us
Since the beginning of the year we have witnessed numerous information that indicates that March will be a key month for Apple in terms of product launches. The rumored iPhone 9 or SE 2 would be one of the protagonists, accompanying the fourth generation of iPad Pro and a foreseeable renewal in one or several ranges of Mac. In principle these could not have news really highlighted by themselves to star in a keynote , but the AirTag being a completely new product.
In the market there are some accessories such as Tile that allow to locate objects and these AirTag aim to be similar, but with added functions. For the information that is handled so far, a circular shape can be intuited for these accessories, although it is not known exactly if they will be in sticker, keychain or a set of various designs. What does seem clear is that they will be unified in the Search app. This was evidenced a few months ago in the internal code of iOS, which contained the possible interface of these accessories and their view on a map.
In addition to allowing to locate objects through sounds or on a map, the AirTag would have interesting augmented reality functions. For example, in case you want to locate an object in a room, using the camera we could visualize the room and see the place where the object to which we have added the AirTag is superimposed.
The launch would be imminent after the presentation
While the production of other new devices seems to have serious delays due to the Chinese coronavirus, the truth is that these may not be affecting the AirTag. Thus at least the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported in recent hours, stating that the suppliers of these components would have already closed 60% of orders. It also highlights in this information the possibility that they carry with them a U1 chip designed by Apple itself as an ultra-wideband support.
In this way we can foresee that the market launch could occur even the day after its hypothetical presentation, the April 1st. However, we will have to continue waiting to be able to confirm it, since perhaps the strategy of the Cupertino company manages the possibility of launching it with the rest of new products, which could be delayed.
In any case, we must continue waiting to know more accurately all the characteristics of the AirTag, or as they are finally called, including the price. All this could be filtered before the announcement of the firm directed by Tim Cook, so we will be attentive.