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Many people were outraged when Apple announced the removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But one of the most controversial design decisions from that launch was the quiet, subtle alerts for locating AirTags. In this post, we'll be discussing Apple's recent decision to increase the volume of those alerts, in response to customer feedback.
Apple announced back in February that it's introducing changes that would make AirTags easier to find
In February, Apple announced that it would be making changes to its AirTags feature in order to make them easier to find after several stories of bad actors using the tracker to stalk people came out. One of the upcoming changes it promised was adjusting the sound AirTags emit to be as loud as possible to make them "more easily findable." Now, as MacRumors reports, the tech giant has started rolling out that capability with the device's latest firmware update. If you have an AirTag-equipped device, you may have already noticed that the sound it emits when you flip it over is a bit louder than before.
While Apple has published release notes to reveal what the update adds to the tracker
Apple has quietly updated its AirPods wireless earbuds to make it easier to find lost earbuds. The update, which is being delivered in stages, makes the AirPods emit a louder sound when they're hidden somewhere nearby. According to TechCrunch, only one percent of users received the update when it went out on Tuesday, but it will be delivered to 10 percent of users by May 3rd and to 25 percent by May 9th. Apple expects to complete the rollout by May 13th. The publication also notes that Apple has published release notes to reveal what the update adds to the tracker, but it didn't mention that the company is gradually making the feature available on a staggered basis.
Newer iPhones' precision finding technology is coming
In light of the recent findings, it seems that a louder alarm on AirTags might help people locate the devices should they fall into the wrong hands. With privacy concerns at an all-time high, it's important that consumers know about Apple's efforts to protect them from being tracked without consent. While we hope that these features will deter people from using AirTags for nefarious purposes, it's important to remember that they're still very much a worthwhile purchase for those looking to keep tabs on their belongings.
AirTags are an important part of Apple's Find My iPhone feature, and the company has been trying to make them easier to find. Apple announced back in February that it's introducing changes that would make AirTags easier to find, and those changes are now available in the iOS 13.4 update. While Apple has published release notes to reveal what the update adds to the tracker – such as louder alert sounds and a more precise locating technology – it hasn't gone into detail about how those changes will improve the experience. Newer iPhones' precision finding technology is coming, and it's likely that AirTags will be much easier to find with it.
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