Apple refining AirTag privacy, Android anti-stalking app coming soon

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Apple is reportedly working to increase the privacy of AirTags, which includes the planned launch of an Android app that will allow non-iPhone users to detect an unwanted tracking accessory.

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The Cupertino tech giant has told CNET that it is tweaking a specific anti-stalking alert setting on AirTag. More specifically, it's changing the window of time when an AirTag will begin emitting an alert if it's being used to potentially stalk a person.

Current AirTag anti-stalking measures cause the accessory to play an alert when separated from their owner within three days. Now, it'll play at a random time window that's between eight and 24 hours, CNET reported Thursday.

Additionally, Apple said that it is developing an app for Android devices that will allow users of the operating system to "detect" whether an AirTag or other Find My-enabled device is traveling with them.

No exact release date for the Android app was given, but Apple said the app would launch later in 2021. The updated alert time window on the other hand, should be rolling out to AirTags starting Thursday. The update will be automatically applied when near a connected iPhone.

AirTags went on sale in May for $29 each or $99 for a four-pack. Unlike competing trackers on the market, AirTags benefit from Apple's existing Find My network, allowing users to track devices by leveraging Apple products owned by other people.

In addition to a suite of privacy protections, AirTags also contain anti-stalking measures. That includes the aforementioned alerts if an unwanted AirTag is traveling with a user, as well as a feature that allows iPhone owners to get instructions on how to disable an AirTag that may be surveilling them.

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  • Reply 1 of 35
    caladaniancaladanian Posts: 329member
    It’s a shame that anti-stalking measures contradict anti-theft measures. I’m aware that the main focus is on lost-and-found, but I’m not sure if Apple is not overly restrictive here.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 35
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,948member

    Current AirTag anti-stalking measures cause the accessory to play an alert when separated from their owner within three days. Now, it'll play at a random time window that's between eight and 24 hours, CNET reported Thursday.

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    maltzchaickacaladanianwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 35
    WTHWTH Posts: 25member
    mike1 said:

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    It does seem that Apple is already jumping the shark with the AirTag.  This 8 to 24 hour window won't enhance the AirTag, it will simply make it extremely annoying.  Imagine leaving an AirTag on a set of keys while you go on a business trip, and having it drive your family crazy beeping away because you failed to take it with you.

    The irony is that it was the Washington Post that published an extremely damning article on how the AirTag would be used by stalkers - the same Washington Post owned by Jeff Bezos, whose own Amazon Sidewalk mesh network is going online next week.  I would bet any amount of money that the Post won't be publishing any stories on how Sidewalk-enabled devices will be abused by stalkers.
    edited June 2021 cornchipcaladanianwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 35
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,948member
    WTH said:
    mike1 said:

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    It does seem that Apple is already jumping the shark with the AirTag.  This 8 to 24 hour window won't enhance the AirTag, it will simply make it extremely annoying.  Imagine leaving an AirTag on a set of keys while you go on a business trip, and having it drive your family crazy beeping away because you failed to take it with you.

    The irony is that it was the Washington Post that published an extremely damning article on how the AirTag would be used by stalkers - the same Washington Post owned by Jeff Bezos, whose own Amazon Sidewalk mesh network is going online next week.  I would bet any amount of money that the Post won't be publishing any stories on how Sidewalk-enabled devices will be abused by stalkers.
    I almost typed the same business trip example too but didn't bother with the second example. LOL

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 35
    emoelleremoeller Posts: 540member

    Here is info on the firmware version and how to check it...


    The new version of AirTag software build rolling out today is build number 1A276d and firmware version 1.0.276. This is up from the previous firmware version of 1.0.225, which is the version that AirTags shipped with at launch. 

    On your iPhone, open the Find My application, then choose the Items tab in the bottom navigation bar. Then, choose your AirTag from the list of items and tap on the name of your AirTag. Doing this should reveal the serial number and firmware version of your AirTag. 

    Again, if your AirTag does not show that it’s running the latest firmware, there is no way to force it to update. Instead, just make sure your AirTag is in range of your iPhone, and it should automatically update.

    cornchipcaladanianwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 35
    fred1fred1 Posts: 935member
    mike1 said:

    Current AirTag anti-stalking measures cause the accessory to play an alert when separated from their owner within three days. Now, it'll play at a random time window that's between eight and 24 hours, CNET reported Thursday.

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    I agree. In my case I want to leave one in our car in case it gets stolen. So my wife will get a notification that it’s there. Isn’t there a way to say something to the effect of “Hey, I know the AirTag is there and I’m fine with it?” To dismiss it?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 35
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,897member
    This is slightly OT, but - 

    I know it makes for glamorous photography to show the AirTags in these fancy cases hooked on the outside of bags and things, but…. Wouldn’t you want the AirTag to be inconspicuously located? So a would-be thief wouldn’t simply ditch the AirTag and make off with the belonging? Just my perspective on that. 

    But as far as the new security measures; I say it’s progress. Let’s see how Apple’s implementation works. It’s obvious they can make further tweaks as needed. Nice that they’re providing the Android app. Sounds like they’re listening to customers (and journalists), and not sitting around waiting for a disaster. What’s to hate on? 
    genovellecaladanianwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 35
    mike1 said:

    Current AirTag anti-stalking measures cause the accessory to play an alert when separated from their owner within three days. Now, it'll play at a random time window that's between eight and 24 hours, CNET reported Thursday.

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    On the flip side, 8 hour notification of someone that is being stalked might be too late. The stalker might have their address by then........
  • Reply 9 of 35
    XedXed Posts: 1,425member
    mike1 said:

    Current AirTag anti-stalking measures cause the accessory to play an alert when separated from their owner within three days. Now, it'll play at a random time window that's between eight and 24 hours, CNET reported Thursday.

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    On the flip side, 8 hour notification of someone that is being stalked might be too late. The stalker might have their address by then........
    Funny how mitigating the ability to track people was never an issue before AirTags and now it's not "good enough" regardless of what Apple does simply for being proactive to mitigate potential negative issue. Reminds of me of when Tucker was told to not use safety windshields or seatbelts because the public would be so stupid to assume that it meant the car was inherently unsafe. This is why we can't have nice things!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 35
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,058member
    WTH said:
    mike1 said:

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    It does seem that Apple is already jumping the shark with the AirTag.  This 8 to 24 hour window won't enhance the AirTag, it will simply make it extremely annoying.  Imagine leaving an AirTag on a set of keys while you go on a business trip, and having it drive your family crazy beeping away because you failed to take it with you.
    Are you both forgetting that your devices know where your home is, assuming you've set up your own contact card properly? Do you not ever use geofencing like "Hey Siri, remind me when I get home to feed the cat"? You and your devices have relevant location data which mitigates your manufactured problem here.
    spock1234pscooter63williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 35
    WTH said:
    mike1 said:

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    It does seem that Apple is already jumping the shark with the AirTag.  This 8 to 24 hour window won't enhance the AirTag, it will simply make it extremely annoying.  Imagine leaving an AirTag on a set of keys while you go on a business trip, and having it drive your family crazy beeping away because you failed to take it with you.

    The irony is that it was the Washington Post that published an extremely damning article on how the AirTag would be used by stalkers - the same Washington Post owned by Jeff Bezos, whose own Amazon Sidewalk mesh network is going online next week.  I would bet any amount of money that the Post won't be publishing any stories on how Sidewalk-enabled devices will be abused by stalkers.
    I think you might have meant something other than "Jumping the shark", it doesn't make a whole lot to sense in this context. I don't think Apple is making the change to generate interest in a formally popular product. 

    Jumping the shark:  "An idiom used to describe the moment of a misguided attempt at generating new publicity for something once, but no longer, widely popular; the attempt serves instead to highlight the irrelevance of what it intends to promote."


  • Reply 12 of 35
    Xed said:
    mike1 said:

    Current AirTag anti-stalking measures cause the accessory to play an alert when separated from their owner within three days. Now, it'll play at a random time window that's between eight and 24 hours, CNET reported Thursday.

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    On the flip side, 8 hour notification of someone that is being stalked might be too late. The stalker might have their address by then........
    Funny how mitigating the ability to track people was never an issue before AirTags and now it's not "good enough" regardless of what Apple does simply for being proactive to mitigate potential negative issue. Reminds of me of when Tucker was told to not use safety windshields or seatbelts because the public would be so stupid to assume that it meant the car was inherently unsafe. This is why we can't have nice things!
    I like the ominous "......" MustSee was going for some super dramatic writing. I'll give it a 9 out of 10, would have got the full ten had it included a "won't someone think about the children"
  • Reply 13 of 35
    CloudTalkinCloudTalkin Posts: 906member
    mike1 said:

    Current AirTag anti-stalking measures cause the accessory to play an alert when separated from their owner within three days. Now, it'll play at a random time window that's between eight and 24 hours, CNET reported Thursday.

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    It's not problematic.  You and a lot of others seem to not fully understand how AirTags work.  In the scenario you described, the AirTag would do absolutely nothing.  Nada.  The anti-tracking feature requires 1. AirTag owner to be away from AirTag from 8 to 24hrs AND 2. AirTag MOVEMENT.  IF both those requirements are present, the  AirTag could beep.  If not, the AirTag remains silent... virally infecting all your connected devices, siphoning data from your life so Apple can sell it to the Chinese.  NDA violation!! NDA violation!!   

    Your stationary AirTag in a closet would not be moving.  Even if you tie her up every day and place her in the closet with the luggage (hey, I don't kink shame), they'd both still be stationary in the closet.  So no beep.   Even if proximity was the only trigger, there'd still be no guarantee of beeping since 8 hours isn't a static time limit.  You could be back home 10 hours later and in my made up circumstance where proximity was the only trigger, remove your wife from the closet and return her to the basement lockup (again, no kink shaming from me) with nary a peep from your AirTag.

    Also, AirTags have a feature where you or your family members can deactivate AirTag notifications for a day or permanently.  I probably could have led with that piece of info, but it's not often I get to incorporate S&M habits (alleged) into an Appleinsider post.  
    edited June 2021 spock1234fastasleeppscooter63caladanianmike1
  • Reply 14 of 35
    WTHWTH Posts: 25member
    fastasleep said:

    Are you both forgetting that your devices know where your home is, assuming you've set up your own contact card properly? Do you not ever use geofencing like "Hey Siri, remind me when I get home to feed the cat"? You and your devices have relevant location data which mitigates your manufactured problem here.
    Okay, then how about an example where you loan a friend some item, or leave it at work, or at a family member's house, or some place that you haven't geofenced?  My manufactured problem is no less relevant than your manufactured solution.  Do you really think the average Apple user geofences everything he or she owns?

    The real problem is this - it is impossible for Apple to separate the intended function of the AirTag from situations where it could be abused.  As many have pointed out, even 8 hours is more than enough time for a stalker to locate you.  A tracking device is a tracking device - you can't make it a "good" tracking device without making it useless.  It's like trying to make a knife that will cut food but somehow can't be used to cut other things.  The only way is to dull the blade to the point where it can't cut anything.

    Apple is headed down the path of making the AirTag useless because it will wind up constantly annoying its users.  And I expect that Sidewalk-enabled Tile trackers will never get one paragraph of mention in a Washington Post article.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 35
    mike1 said:

    Current AirTag anti-stalking measures cause the accessory to play an alert when separated from their owner within three days. Now, it'll play at a random time window that's between eight and 24 hours, CNET reported Thursday.

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    It's not problematic.  You and a lot of others seem to not fully understand how AirTags work.  In the scenario you described, the AirTag would do absolutely nothing.  Nada.  The anti-tracking feature requires 1. AirTag owner to be away from AirTag from 8 to 24hrs AND 2. AirTag MOVEMENT.  IF both those requirements are present, the  AirTag could beep.  If not, the AirTag remains silent... virally infecting all your connected devices, siphoning data from your life so Apple can sell it to the Chinese.  NDA violation!! NDA violation!!   

    Your stationary AirTag in a closet would not be moving.  Even if you tie her up every day and place her in the closet with the luggage (hey, I don't kink shame), they'd both still be stationary in the closet.  So no beep.   Even if proximity was the only trigger, there'd still be no guarantee of beeping since 8 hours isn't a static time limit.  You could be back home 10 hours later and in my made up circumstance where proximity was the only trigger, remove your wife from the closet and return her to the basement lockup (again, no kink shaming from me) with nary a peep from your AirTag.

    Also, AirTags have a feature where you or your family members can deactivate AirTag notifications for a day or permanently.  I probably could have led with that piece of info, but it's not often I get to incorporate S&M habits (alleged) into an Appleinsider post.  
    I was totally amused. thanks.
  • Reply 16 of 35
    CloudTalkinCloudTalkin Posts: 906member
    WTH said:
    fastasleep said:

    Are you both forgetting that your devices know where your home is, assuming you've set up your own contact card properly? Do you not ever use geofencing like "Hey Siri, remind me when I get home to feed the cat"? You and your devices have relevant location data which mitigates your manufactured problem here.
    Okay, then how about an example where you loan a friend some item, or leave it at work, or at a family member's house, or some place that you haven't geofenced?  My manufactured problem is no less relevant than your manufactured solution.  Do you really think the average Apple user geofences everything he or she owns?

    The real problem is this - it is impossible for Apple to separate the intended function of the AirTag from situations where it could be abused.  As many have pointed out, even 8 hours is more than enough time for a stalker to locate you.  A tracking device is a tracking device - you can't make it a "good" tracking device without making it useless.  It's like trying to make a knife that will cut food but somehow can't be used to cut other things.  The only way is to dull the blade to the point where it can't cut anything.

    Apple is headed down the path of making the AirTag useless because it will wind up constantly annoying its users.  And I expect that Sidewalk-enabled Tile trackers will never get one paragraph of mention in a Washington Post article.
    If you loan your keys - The recipient will receive "AirTag Detected" notice.  They tap the message and the tap pause safety alert.  The AirTag doesn't alert for a day.  If it's someone in your family group the alerts can be permanently disabled.

    If you leave an item with a tag at a family member's house wouldn't you want the item to beep?  Which it would only do if moved.  Same with an item left at work.  

    Tracking devices have existed for decades.  Small unobtrusive trackers have been available for at least a decade.  Apple's entry is no more or problem than any of the others have been.  I'd even argue it's less of an issue because more people would be likely to know what one is if spotted.  The AirTag really isn't a stealthy tracker... in shape or size.

    Maybe this support doc will help. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212227
    edited June 2021 fastasleep
  • Reply 17 of 35

    WTH said:
    fastasleep said:

    Are you both forgetting that your devices know where your home is, assuming you've set up your own contact card properly? Do you not ever use geofencing like "Hey Siri, remind me when I get home to feed the cat"? You and your devices have relevant location data which mitigates your manufactured problem here.
    Okay, then how about an example where you loan a friend some item, or leave it at work, or at a family member's house, or some place that you haven't geofenced?  My manufactured problem is no less relevant than your manufactured solution.  Do you really think the average Apple user geofences everything he or she owns?

    The real problem is this - it is impossible for Apple to separate the intended function of the AirTag from situations where it could be abused.  As many have pointed out, even 8 hours is more than enough time for a stalker to locate you.  A tracking device is a tracking device - you can't make it a "good" tracking device without making it useless.  It's like trying to make a knife that will cut food but somehow can't be used to cut other things.  The only way is to dull the blade to the point where it can't cut anything.

    Apple is headed down the path of making the AirTag useless because it will wind up constantly annoying its users.  And I expect that Sidewalk-enabled Tile trackers will never get one paragraph of mention in a Washington Post article.
    You are correct Apple will never come up with a 100% solution. But the current solution does cover pretty much all of your examples.*

    1. If I loan a friend something, my friend would have to carry said item with them for 8-24 hours to get it to get a notification. The notification process requires the person and the AirTag to be moving together. 

    2. I leave it at work. Again, movement with another persons is a key to the notification. I guess if worked as an Airline employee and left on long haul flights I could trigger a notification. But for any sort of office or retail work it would't be moving if I left it at work.

    3. Family Member's house. Unless the house is moving, no notification. 

    I think the issue here is a lack of understanding of what actually triggers the notification. AirTag Separated from owner + Moving with another individual + 8-24 hours. 

    * Said friend could disable the AirTag 

    All in all I think the instances where the AirTag sounds an alert are probably pretty rare. There are three people in my household with five tags between us. And while it has only been a few weeks since they came out we have exactly zero instances of alerts being sounded. I'm skeptical that we will end up annoyed. 
    edited June 2021
  • Reply 18 of 35
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,058member
    mike1 said:

    Current AirTag anti-stalking measures cause the accessory to play an alert when separated from their owner within three days. Now, it'll play at a random time window that's between eight and 24 hours, CNET reported Thursday.

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    It's not problematic.  You and a lot of others seem to not fully understand how AirTags work.  In the scenario you described, the AirTag would do absolutely nothing.  Nada.  The anti-tracking feature requires 1. AirTag owner to be away from AirTag from 8 to 24hrs AND 2. AirTag MOVEMENT.  IF both those requirements are present, the  AirTag could beep.  If not, the AirTag remains silent... virally infecting all your connected devices, siphoning data from your life so Apple can sell it to the Chinese.  NDA violation!! NDA violation!!   

    Your stationary AirTag in a closet would not be moving.  Even if you tie her up every day and place her in the closet with the luggage (hey, I don't kink shame), they'd both still be stationary in the closet.  So no beep.   Even if proximity was the only trigger, there'd still be no guarantee of beeping since 8 hours isn't a static time limit.  You could be back home 10 hours later and in my made up circumstance where proximity was the only trigger, remove your wife from the closet and return her to the basement lockup (again, no kink shaming from me) with nary a peep from your AirTag.

    Also, AirTags have a feature where you or your family members can deactivate AirTag notifications for a day or permanently.  I probably could have led with that piece of info, but it's not often I get to incorporate S&M habits (alleged) into an Appleinsider post.  
    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 A+ post
    CloudTalkin
  • Reply 19 of 35
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,058member
    WTH said:
    fastasleep said:

    Are you both forgetting that your devices know where your home is, assuming you've set up your own contact card properly? Do you not ever use geofencing like "Hey Siri, remind me when I get home to feed the cat"? You and your devices have relevant location data which mitigates your manufactured problem here.
    Okay, then how about an example where you loan a friend some item, or leave it at work, or at a family member's house, or some place that you haven't geofenced?  My manufactured problem is no less relevant than your manufactured solution.  Do you really think the average Apple user geofences everything he or she owns?

    The real problem is this - it is impossible for Apple to separate the intended function of the AirTag from situations where it could be abused.  As many have pointed out, even 8 hours is more than enough time for a stalker to locate you.  A tracking device is a tracking device - you can't make it a "good" tracking device without making it useless.  It's like trying to make a knife that will cut food but somehow can't be used to cut other things.  The only way is to dull the blade to the point where it can't cut anything.

    Apple is headed down the path of making the AirTag useless because it will wind up constantly annoying its users.  And I expect that Sidewalk-enabled Tile trackers will never get one paragraph of mention in a Washington Post article.
    "My manufactured problem is no less relevant than your manufactured solution." — Yes it is, you don't even understand how any of this works, apparently, and I'm not manufacturing any solution — just explaining how these things actually work, because you haven't bothered to figure it out.

    "Do you really think the average Apple user geofences everything he or she owns?" What? You don't "geofence everything", you specify where your Home or Work locations are in your contact card, so you can use location-aware features of Siri, Find My, etc. If you leave an AirTag at work — even if you haven't specified your work location — if it's not moving, it won't make a sound. Per Apple, "When moved, any AirTag separated for a period of time from the person who registered it will make a sound to alert those nearby." If you loan an item to a friend, and that item is going to be moved around, remove the AirTag first. Also from Apple: "If the AirTag is attached to something you’re borrowing and you want to silence these alerts, tap Pause Safety Alerts."

    You're claiming Apple's new product will fail because "they'll constantly annoy their users", entirely based on false assumptions due to not understanding how the product functions. Any other speculation beyond that is pointless for that reason alone.

    The "real problem" you posit is no more applicable to AirTag than any other tracking device. Guess what, you could already track people with little GPS trackers that work even better than AirTags do. My neighbor retrieved their cat's collar that had a GPS device on it in my yard — were they stalking their cat? Perhaps. If your point is that Apple shouldn't enter this product space, nobody cares, and it's too late anyway. If your point is that Apple will make them "too annoying" and thereby useless, I call bullshit and also nobody cares. If you think this will cause a surge in stalking and violent crimes, I call bullshit.
    edited June 2021 watto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 35
    chaickachaicka Posts: 250member
    mike1 said:

    Current AirTag anti-stalking measures cause the accessory to play an alert when separated from their owner within three days. Now, it'll play at a random time window that's between eight and 24 hours, CNET reported Thursday.

    That seems problematic. So, the tag in my suitcase that is stored in a closet could start to play an alert if I am away for as little as 8 hours?! That would be every single work day. My wife will hit me over the head with the suitcase after she tracks down the annoying sound and I get home from work.
    There is another use-case which is equally annoying if the anti-stalking measures change to 8-24 hours. Guess some of the use-cases which Apple has not thought about, will become not worthy to try out, or impractical to use AirTag for.

    Use Case #1 - Own Vehicle(s)
    I have an AirTag placed on my own vehicle as a form of anti-theft. This allows me to:
    • be able to locate my own vehicle in large malls (indoor, underground or multi-storey carparks) when I have forgotten which exact area or lot I have parked in;
    • in many countries, we do not live in landed properties but apartment blocks where the carpark is underground or multi-storey hence the AirTag placed in our own vehicle will not be constantly within range of our iPhone;
    • since launch day and placement in my own vehicle, AirTag (and its Find-My network) has become the best anti-theft mechanism any vehicle ever has cause now anyone with an iPhone walking by, I know my vehicle is safely parked at the underground carpark where I live;
    • this use-case allows parents to be able to know if their children may have 'stolen' the vehicle without permission, and potentially where the vehicle/children may have gone to with the 'stolen' vehicle; likewise if it is stolen by a theft.
    Use Case #2 - Suitcase(s)
    I have intended to place AirTag into suitcases we have in the household but it is currently not intended to be a permanent placement (still looking for better AirTag holder but found a relatively cheap one which allows removal while able to stick and semi-conceal it within suitcases. As such, I have spare AirTags sitting at home cabinet only to be taken out and place into the suitcase(s) whenever someone is to travel. But with the new 8-24 hours anti-stalking measures, we will have to either remove/unpair these AirTags from our iPhones only to pair up before our travel(s) and place into the suitcase(s), or we have to somewhat remember to place our iPhones near to the cabinet where the spare AirTags are stored every 8-24 hours.

    There are some other use-cases which I am exploring as PoC but may never become practical to use given how some of the 'operating parameters' of AirTags are going to be. Gonna rethink about my 2nd purchase of 4 AirTags (still in cart) now given the limited use-cases.
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