Apple has released two firmware updates for its AirTag item trackers since November, but in that time the company didn’t provide any information about what had changed. Earlier this week, Apple finally updated a support document explaining what’s new.
According to Apple, the 2.0.24 firmware update allows AirTag owners to use the precise search feature to help locate an unknown AirTag on their iPhone.
Also introduced in update 2.0.24, if a user’s iPhone is awake, a new notification alerts them when an AirTag disconnected from its owner is nearby and beeps to indicate that it has been moved. It can then be tracked down by sound or micro-search if the feature is available. Apple says this change will also help if the AirTag is hard to hear or if the speaker has been tampered with.
Apple promised both features earlier this year in an effort to prevent AirTags from being used for stalking purposes.
Additionally, Apple says its latest firmware update, 2.0.36, resolves an issue where the AirTag accelerometer may not activate in certain scenarios. All features described above require iOS 16.2 or later, while features that use Precision Find require an iPhone 11 or later with the U1 Ultra Wideband chip.
AirTag cannot be forced to update, as it is something that is done over the air through a connected iPhone. To make sure the update happens, you can put your AirTag in your iPhone band, but you have to wait for the firmware to be rolled out to your device. You can check your current AirTag software version through the Find My app, with instructions on how to do so.
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