Hidden AirTags should be easier to locate thanks to louder alert sounds

Apple announced in February that it is making changes that would make AirTags easier to find after several stories surfaced of bad actors using the tracker to stalk people. One of the next changes he promised is to adjust the sound AirTags make to be as loud as possible to make them “easier to find.” It was not MacRumors The tech giant has reportedly started rolling out that capability with the latest device firmware update.

While Apple has released release notes to reveal what the update adds to the tracker, it failed to mention that the company is gradually making the feature available on a staggered basis. According to the post, only one percent of users received the update when it came out on Tuesday, but it will be delivered to 10 percent of users on May 3 and 25 percent on May 9. Apple expects to complete the launch by May 13.

In early April, Motherboard had obtained police data that included 50 cases of women who received notifications or heard alert sounds that revealed someone was tracking them with an AirTag. While that’s not a particularly large number, it does suggest a growing number of cases where trackers are being used for stalking purposes. In an effort to prevent the device from being a creepy character’s tool of choice, Apple promised a handful of anti-stalking features including showing people a warning that it’s a crime to use the device to track people. The company will also update the precision search technology in newer iPhones so they can show the direction and distance to an unknown AirTag.

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