The Apple AirTag It has been updated again to make it more secure. as found in Documentation for the latest AirTag firmware by Mac rumorsApple has introduced a much-needed improvement to the audio alert function to allow you to find unknown and unwanted AirTags more easily.
As stated in the support document, the firmware “[tuned] Unwanted tracking sound to locate an unknown AirTag more easily. It also specifies that you need iOS 14.5 or later to take advantage of this feature, which is the minimum iOS version required to use AirTag at all.
This change is one of several that Apple promised for AirTag earlier this year And for good reason unfortunately. AirTag has been involved in many cases of stalking and harassment since its launch, and while Apple continues to work to prevent the use of trackers for intrusive and illegal purposes, the product is still very easy to misuse. In fact, TG’s Mark Spoonauer has argued that Apple must halt AirTag sales until it implements all of these changes and ensures Android users are not left vulnerable.
As shown in Apple’s roadmap from February, users who receive an alert for an unknown AirTag nearby can ask the tag to play a sound to make it easier to find. Apple’s tweak means that AirTag will now play more of its loudest sounds when in this mode, and hopefully will make tracking of the tracking tag much faster.
If you have an AirTag, you can check if it’s fully updated by going to the Find My app, selecting AirTag from your list of items, and seeing if it’s running firmware version 1.0.301. If not, leave AirTag within Bluetooth range of your iPhone (About 33 feet / 10 meters according to Apple) and the update should happen automatically.
Keep in mind that the update may not be ready yet, as Apple said the new firmware is being rolled out gradually over the next two weeks, with all devices set to receive it by May 13. If you are worried in the meantime here How to check if AirTag is stalking you And what you can do about it now.