Apple finally launched its Bluetooth enabled-AirTag tracker last month that is currently available in India to purchase. The tiny device not only works with iPhone 6s and above (best with iPhone 11 and above due to ultra-wideband) but is also compatible with Android devices. Now, team iFixit conducted the teardown that reveals lots of interesting bits about the Apple AirTag. The publication even compared the tracker to existing players like Tile and the new Samsung SmartTag Plus.
The publication first looked at the AirTag, Tile Mate, and Galaxy SmartTag Plus under X-Ray that reveals a black-opaque centre on the Apple tracker. The company is using magnets that are not even used on the other two devices. (Image: iFixit)
iFixit noticed that AirTag is easy to open and does not require special tools - just like its counterparts Tile Mate and Samsung Galaxy SmartTag Plus. It uses a 3-volt CR2032 coin cell battery, that is easily removable. It should last for about a year, and your iPhone will warn you when that battery is low. (Image: iFixit)
Remember the opaque centre on Apple AirTag? The publication found out that there's a magnet at the centre, nested into a coil of copper to form a speaker. The speaker driver creates a loud sound when the tracker is found via Find My app. (Image: iFixit)
Many fans were also disappointed that the Apple AirTag does not come with a hole for a keychain loop, and users have to shed extra for a carrier. iFixit even drilled a hole with a 1/16-inch drill bit to fix the problem. (Image: iFixit)
Lastly, the motherboard features an Apple U1 ultra-wideband transceiver, 3-axis accelerometer, battery contact pins and several other contraptions. The AirTag price in India starts at Rs 3,190. (Image: iFixit)