A fresh report from renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the next-generation AirTag, a follow-up to the widely popular tracking device, is set to enter mass production in the final quarter of 2024. This points to a potential release by the end of the subsequent year or early 2025.
Kuo, in a tweet on Wednesday, anticipated that “AirTag 2 is likely to commence mass production in 4Q24,” and there might be an exciting feature called Apple Vision Pro in the mix.
According to Kuo, Apple is striving to establish a new ecosystem centered around spatial computing, with Vision Pro serving as the core to integrate various devices, including the upcoming AirTag 2.
Despite being unveiled in 2021, there hasn’t been much information circulating about Apple’s second-generation AirTag. Part of the reason is its incredibly compact design, and although it excels in industry-leading tracking capabilities through the Apple Find My network, there is limited room for further innovation.
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The prospect of integrating spatial computing into future AirTags is fascinating. Apple has already showcased its augmented reality headset, which is designed for everyday tasks like cooking and working. Therefore, AirTags 2 could potentially offer Find My capabilities through the headset, enabling users to visually locate their tracker using augmented reality.
While the current AirTag does have some visual elements, such as the Find My tracking app on iPhone, adapting it to augmented reality would represent a significant advancement. Nonetheless, with the idea of a second iteration of AirTags, the question arises: how else can Apple enhance their functionality? Battery life is an obvious area for improvement, but the existing AirTag batteries are replaceable and already last about a year.
Another aspect where Apple could make strides is in addressing stalking and tracking abuses that have emerged since AirTags’ initial release.
Although Apple has taken steps to make AirTags easier to locate, there’s likely more that can be done in this regard.
One crucial area of improvement would be providing better protection for Android users, who currently lack the same level of security against malicious use of AirTags.