Apple has released two firmware updates for AirTag product trackers since November, but at the time, the company did not provide any information on what had changed. Earlier this week, Apple finally updated a support document explaining what’s new.
According to Apple, firmware update 2.0.24 allows AirTag owners to use Sensitive Discovery to help them locate an unknown AirTag with their iPhone.
Also introduced in update 2.0.24, if a user’s iPhone is awake, a new notification alerts them when an AirTag detached from its owner is nearby and plays a sound to indicate it has been moved. It can then be monitored with audio or Precision Finding if the feature is available. Apple says this change will also help if AirTag audio is hard to hear or if the speaker has been tampered with.
The two features were promised by Apple earlier this year to prevent AirTags from being used for tracking purposes.
In addition, Apple says that the latest firmware update, 2.0.36, fixes the AirTag accelerometer not activating in certain scenarios. All features outlined above require iOS 16.2 or later, while features using Precision Discovery require an iPhone 11 or later with the U1 Ultra Wideband chip.
It is not possible to force an AirTag update as it is something done over the air via a connected iPhone. You can put your AirTag in range of the iPhone to make sure the update is done, but you’ll have to wait for the firmware to propagate to your device. You can check your current AirTag firmware version through the Find app with instructions in the How To section.
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