Published: Mon, September 02, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

More details on Apple's new tracking tags leak out

More details on Apple's new tracking tags leak out

The gadget, essentially Apple's version of the popular Tile trackers, has been rumored since last spring when it was reported the gadget would be incorporated into the new "Find My" app in iOS 13. This is where it's believed users will be able to track their things.

It's said that iPhone users will get a notification whenever they're separated from the Apple tracker and item it's attached to. The tags will also be closely integrated with the new Find My app in iOS 13. The internal beta of iOS 13 shows a new "Items" tab in the Find My app. Newly discovered files in internal iOS 13 builds suggest Apple is still developing an AR headset of its own, codenamed "Garta".

The report goes on to suggest that there's an internal README file in iOS 13 which goes into more detail of Apple's "StarBoard" system, suggesting a headset of some kind. However, based on the new leaks, it looks even more likely that Apple will be offering its own item tracking system alongside its new software. Apple is expected to unveil the accessory, as well as its updated iPhone and other models, next month. The report further states that they "remain confident that augmented reality will play a role in the Apple's item tracking feature". "Safe Locations" can also be set where the user will not be notified if this item is left behind.

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That is, of course, a ton of information about the upcoming Apple tracking devices.

Some of the code uncovered by MacRumors strongly suggests that users will be able to enter an Augmented Reality view to locate their items, a feature of the Pixie item tracker. Apple is most concerned about the privacy of its clients, the major defect in the FaceTime feature was, that it allows the caller to earwig on-call receiver. Moreover, the code also reveals that the tracker will use removable batteries. B389 is expected to be used as a tag for other items as its objective is defined as "tag your everyday items with B389 and never lose them again".

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