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Apple AirTag 2 Could Launch Mid-2025 with Enhanced Features

Despite rumors of delays in production, Apple is preparing its AirTag 2 device with better security and tracking.

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is gearing up to introduce the second-generation AirTag, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The original AirTag, launched in April 2021, is a compact device designed to help users locate items via Apple devices. The upcoming version is expected to offer notable improvements, especially in location tracking.

Enhanced Tracking Capabilities

The new AirTag will reportedly feature an advanced chip that significantly boosts its tracking range. Gurman indicates that the device will incorporate the second-generation Ultra-Wideband (UWB) chip, similar to those found in the iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9, and Watch Ultra 2 models. This upgrade will extend the AirTag 2's tracking range to 60 meters, a considerable leap from the 10-meter range of the original U1 chip. Previously, Apple had to introduce Precision Finding to achieve this extended range for the first-generation AirTag.

Security Enhancements

In response to security issues associated with the first-generation AirTag, Apple has introduced several measures to prevent misuse. Reports had emerged about the device being used for malicious purposes. To counter this, Apple rolled out the Cross-Platform Tracking Detection feature in the iOS 17.5 update. This feature alerts users if an unknown Bluetooth tracker, not registered to their iPhone, is detected nearby, regardless of the mobile OS the tracker is paired with. Apple is currently conducting manufacturing tests with its Asian partners for a product codenamed B589, expected to ship in 2025. 

Analyst Insights and Production Delays

In October 2023, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that mass production of the second-generation AirTag had been postponed from the fourth quarter of 2024 to some point in 2025. Kuo also suggested that the new AirTag might integrate with Apple's Vision Pro headset, although specific details have not been disclosed.

Mark Gurman's insights suggest that Apple may unveil the new AirTag around the same time next year, aligning with the original AirTag's April 2021 announcement. As anticipation builds, users can look forward to a more advanced and secure item-tracking solution from Apple.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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