Apple AirTags release date delayed: Ultra wideband-supported trackers will NOT launch until 2021, per report
There are several product announcements Apple is expected to make this week, along with the iPhone 12 series, but the AirTags tracker may no longer be part of the event. Its official launch has been reportedly delayed to early 2021.
Apple AirTags release date no longer set in 2020?
AirTags has been a recurring device in the Apple rumor mill over the last year. Despite the delays Apple has seen throughout 2020, the company was widely anticipated to include it in its product launch events slated this fall.
Apple hosted a launch event in September, but it focused on the announcement of new Apple Watches and new iPads. Tech fans have since been expecting the AirTags to become part of the iPhone 12 event happening on Tuesday.
With the number of information leaks emerging online, it seemed that the trackers’ launch this year was plausible. Jon Prosser, who has been one of the main sources of AirTags leaks, has recently reported that its announcement and the retail launch were moved to March 2021. “I’m told the AirTags delay is due to the COVID situation in the Eastern market,” Prosser added. “AirTags are heavily dependent on pinging other iPhones to be accurate.”
It’s #AppleEvent day tomorrow!— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) October 12, 2020
Here’s a quick reminder of what you can expect, and what you shouldn’t:
iPhone 12 mini ✅
iPhone 12 ✅
iPhone 12 Pro ✅
iPhone 12 Pro Max ✅
HomePod mini ✅
Wireless charger ✅
AirPods Studio ❌
HomePod 2 ❌
See ya then!
The host of Front Page Tech YouTube channel reiterated his report in a follow-up tweet, suggesting that fans should not expect the AirTags to be part of the iPhone 12 event this week as well as the AirPods Studio, the second-generation HomePod, and new Mac computers.
AirTags AirTags features: What to expect and how it would work
Apple has yet to address reports pertaining to the AirTags, but leaks and rumors about the device are in agreement that it would function very much like the Tile tracking devices. But it is expected to mainly feature ultra wideband technology through the U1 chip that was introduced on iPhone 11 series last year.
The AirTags are anticipated to work natively with Apple’s Find My app. It should be noted that the U1 chip has also been added to the Apple Watch Series 6, and it is predicted to be included in more Apple devices in the near future.