According to rumors, Apple will launch a tile tracker for months and it seems that the device could be called AirTag. 9to5Mac has detected references to AirTag in the iOS 13.2 update that was sent to devices today, suggesting that this mosaic device might appear even very soon.
References to Apple’s potential location tracking beacons first appeared in the iOS 13 beta code, and rumors have suggested that Apple will introduce these devices with the iPhone 11 at this month’s event latest.
This Apple event came and went without mentioning the AirTag or Tile-like features, but the suggestions in iOS 13.2 could mean that Apple might be ready to reveal its hardware features and labels.
Today, Apple has surprised everyone with AirPods Pro, after rumors have suggested that these new earmuffs will be released in late October. Apple could bring a similar surprise to AirTag, or what the company plans to call this device. 9to5Mac notes that AirTag references in iOS 13.2 simply include AirPods placeholder images, but that Apple can update these images remotely.
Anyway, if Apple presents an AirTag accessory, it will clearly be in direct competition with Tile. The localization company has recently tried to integrate its technology directly into Bluetooth chips to overcome the beacons.
Tile has partnered with Qualcomm, Dialog Semiconductor, Silicon Labs, and Toshiba to include optional mosaic compatibility in future chipsets. Tile has also partnered with Boosted and Bose to integrate its localization network with enterprise devices.
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