Apple unveiled its new spring products, with a new gadget, the AirTag. This digital badge acts as a tracker to avoid losing your keys, a backpack or a wallet. The iPhone is responsible for helping you find them in the event of loss.
As expected, the keynoteallowed to discover an iMac 24 inch and a new Pro, and failing to unveil connected glasses, the brand has finally launched its . In the boxes for two years, this gadget allows you to find your belongings, whether it is your keys or a wallet.
How? ‘Or’ What ? Quite simply because this small object, which looks like a button battery, constantly communicates with your(11 or 12 only). No Wi-Fi, no . In fact, this AirTag uses UWB technology ( ) for short-range localization, and this chip appeared with the . It is permanently activated, and it is linked to the “Locate” function of the . No need to install a additional, it is also found in the iPhone 12 and Apple Watch. also has an equivalent, and this chip is already in the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus and S21 Ultra.
IPhone guides you to lost keys
Clearly, for Apple and Samsung, the UWB has an important stake in the future of connected objects. For now, this is a gadget since the communication between the AirTag (or theat Samsung) allows you to locate your keys or any device on which you have hung or slipped this “tracker”.
By default, the iPhone notifies you when you move away from the “tracker”, and it allows to sound the tag in order to find it. But if you don’t hear the “tracker”, the iPhone, or even that of a loved one, turns into a guide to find the object. On the screen, a kind of radar that uses thetakes you to the AirTag to get your hands on it. You can even start the search by voice thanks to .
It is obviously a gadget. Count 35 euros for a unit purchase, or 119 euros for aof four AirTags. It’s available from April 23, and unsurprisingly, Apple offers a wide range of accessories to highlight them. There is even a keychain for … more than 400 euros! Obviously, it is signed Hermès.
Soon in cars?
But the most interesting is the future of this technology. Indeed, according to, l’Ultra Wideband is now in the sights of car manufacturers, and more particularly Audi, BMW and Ford. It is not a question of using this wireless technology to find your car in a parking lot, but rather of associating it with functions such as locking or unlocking the doors just by approaching or moving away from the vehicle. vehicle.
At home, the UWB could eventually allow you to turn on your computer when you approach it or close thefrom home when we leave. The possibilities are immense, and the advantage of this technology is that it is linked to its own ecosystem, and that it only links two devices together. The connection is not permanent, and there is no confidential information circulating.