Apple AirTag received another update to make it more secure. As found in MacRumors’ latest AirTag firmware documentation, Apple introduced a much-needed improvement to its sound alert feature to let you find unknown and unwanted AirTags more easily.
As the support document says, the firmware has “[tuned] unwanted tracking sound to more easily locate an unknown AirTag.” It also specifies that you need iOS 14.5 or later to make use of the feature, the minimum version of iOS required to use AirTags.
This change is one of several promised by Apple for the AirTag earlier this year, and sadly, for good reason. AirTag has been involved in too many cases of stalking and harassment since its launch, and while Apple continues to work to prevent trackers from being used for intrusive and illegal purposes, the product is still very easy to abuse. In fact, TG’s own Mark Spoonauer argued that Apple should stop AirTag sales until it enacts all these changes and ensures Android users aren’t left vulnerable.
As explained in Apple’s February roadmap, users who are alerted to an unknown AirTag nearby can have the tag play a sound to make it easier to find. Apple’s tweak means AirTag will now play more of your loudest sounds when in this mode, hopefully making tracking tag lookup much faster.
If you have an AirTag, you can double check if it’s fully up to date by going into the Find My app, selecting the AirTag from your list of items, and seeing if it’s running firmware version 1.0.301. If not, bring the AirTag within Bluetooth range of your iPhone (about 33 feet/10 meters according to Apple) and the update should happen automatically.
Keep in mind that you may not have the update ready yet, as Apple has said that the new firmware will be rolled out gradually over the next two weeks, with all devices scheduled to receive it by May 13. If you’re worried in the meantime, here’s how you can tell if an AirTag is stalking you and what you can do about it right now.