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‘AirTags’ will use a replaceable battery, location can be shared, can play sounds, and has a special pairing process

Reliable iOS leaker @blue_kanikama has released screenshots of internal AirTag code which details a lot of new information about AirTags and how they will function.

Firstly, blue_kanikama leaked the pairing process for the AirTags. When you buy your AirTags, there will be a tab that won’t activate the AirTags until pulled. Once pulled, you will then be able to pair them to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. After pulling the tab, you then open the ‘Find My’ app and bring the AirTag close to your iDevice. Blue_kanikama says that this is a plug and play process.  It seems that this process is extremely similar to the AirPods pairing, which is a pretty painless setup. 

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Additionally, if your AirTag is lost, and someone other than you finds it, blue_kanikama says that the AirTags use Bluetooth or NFC to display your contact information to the user that found it. Also, if you lose your AirTag and can’t find it, but it’s nearby to you, you can go into the ‘Find my’ app and get the AirTag to play a sound to help you find it.

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There will also be a Lost Mode built into the AirTags that when you lose them, you will be able to find them using the Bluetooth from your iPhone. It is likely to work the same way as when you lose a single (or both) AirPod(s). 

Blue_kanikama also confirmed that the owner of the AirTag will be able to temporarily or permanently share the location of one or more of their AirTags to other people. You can leave the temporary sharing time out, or you can manually stop sharing to the other user.

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The AirTags will also have a user-replaceable battery on the bottom of the device. The battery will be held behind a door that the user will push down and twist clockwise to open, where they can then swap out the old battery with a new one. The code also says that the AirTags will use a CR2032 battery to power the device. This is the same battery some Apple TV remotes use.

Lastly, you will be able to receive notifications on the location of your AirTags, but you can only receive notifications for a maximum of four AirTags. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will only be able to have a maximum of four AirTags – it simply means you will only be able to receive notification for your select four AirTags. You will also be able to get notifications on your iDevice when you arrive at a specific locations. 

That is everything shared by @blue_kanikama in relation to the AirTags today. AirTags are expected the be announced this coming Monday (June 22nd) at WWDC20, alongside the announcement of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS 10.16.

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