Apple AirTags rumors: iOS 14.5 can track ‘Items’ in the Find My app

Apple does a lot to help us find our misplaced iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads, and rumors strongly suggest that Apple is currently working on a Tile-like device that will allow us to find other items as well. Here’s everything we know so far.

Update 3/3/2021: The iOS 14.5 beta includes a new “Items” tab in the Find My app.

iOS 14.5 can track ‘Items’ in the Find My app

With rumors piling up that AirTags are arriving sometime this month, an update to the iOS 14.5 beta might provide the strongest evidence yet. As spotted by Macrumors, Apple now includes support for Accessories in the Find My app and says you can “add non-Apple products to Find My. Locate your backpack, luggage, headphones, or other items. You’ll be able to find these things in a new “Items” tab. While Apple doesn’t explicitly name AirTags in the description, there’s no other way to track non-Apple devices without a Bluetooth device.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously released a report that states that AirTags will finally ship in 2021. Kuo has built a reputation based on the accuracy of his reports, though he doesn’t provide any details as to a specific date or event that AirTags will be revealed.

Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech reported in a video (below) that he has seen the final version of AirTags. The product looks similar to what he reported back in September 2020. Prosser says the animation of AirTags shown in the video could be the animation that appears in iOS when connecting to the device, similar to the animations shown when connecting an iPhone to AirPods. 

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In September of 2020, Prosser said in a video that he has seen video of Apple’s tracking device, and with the help of Concept Creator, made renders based on what he saw. Take a look below.

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Renders of Apple AirTags created by Jon Prosser and Concept Creator.

Prosser says an AirTag is about the size of a bottle cap. They work using Ulta-wideband (UWB) technology, which is explained in the “What are AirTags” section below.