Samsung’s $30 SmartTags Beat AirTags to Launch

Alongside new flagship smartphones, Samsung today announced the launch of its Galaxy SmartTags, item trackers that seem to be similar in design and functionality to Apple’s long-rumored AirTags that have yet to launch. Design wise, the Galaxy SmartTags have a squircle shape with a small cutout at the top that’s designed to accommodate a key […]

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Safari Allows iPhone Users to Enable Hidden ‘Items’ Tab in ‘Find My’ App Ahead of AirTags Launch

As seen in screenshots obtained by MacRumors in 2019, Apple’s long-rumored AirTags items trackers are expected to be managed through the Find My app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Now, any user can get an early look at this tab. MacRumors reader David Chu today alerted us that the hidden “Items” tab in the Find […]

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Kuo: Apple to Unveil AirTags, Augmented Reality Device, and More in 2021

Apple Removes 39,000 Games From China App Store Apple on Thursday removed nearly 39,000 apps from its Chinese App Store due to the apps lacking an official license from local regulators, reports Reuters. The report, which cites data from research firm Qimai, says that games affected by the cull included Ubisoft title Assassin’s Creed Identity […]

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AirTags Shown Off in 3D Animation That Could Appear During Pairing Process

2021 is expected to be the year that Apple finally releases its long-awaited AirTags item trackers, and ahead of time, YouTuber and leaker Jon Prosser has shared a 3D animation of the accessory that was allegedly created by Apple. Prosser says he obtained the animation from a software engineer, who believes that it may be […]

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Samsung Reportedly Developing ‘Galaxy Smart Tag’ Rival to Apple AirTags

Samsung is reportedly developing an item tracker called the “Galaxy Smart Tag” that appears to be positioned as a rival to Apple’s long-awaited AirTags product (via SamMobile). In August, alongside the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, the South Korean company explained how its SmartThings Find feature can locate compatible Galaxy products with greater […]

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What to Expect at October’s Apple Event: New iPhone 12 Lineup, Smaller HomePod Mini, Wireless Chargers and More

Apple’s second fall 2020 event, “Hi, Speed,” is set to be held on Tuesday, October 13. Apple already held an event in September, but it was focused on the iPad Air and the Apple Watch rather than iPhones as usual. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.October’s event is expected to be much […]

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Prosser: AirPods Studio to Start at $350 But Won’t Feature at Next Week’s Apple Event, AirTags Delayed Until March 2021

Gmail to Get New Icon as Part of G Suite Rebranding The Gmail app is set to get a new icon as part of a broader rebrand of Google’s G Suite software, which includes Gmail, Docs, Meet, Sheets, and Calendar. Replacing the classic Gmail envelope logo is an M made out of Google’s blue, red, […]

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AirPods Studio Rumored to Come With U1 Chip, Ultra-Wideband Said to Be Vital to Future Apple Ecosystem

Proven leaker known as “L0vetodream” has today shared a range of information about the ultra-wideband U1 chip in Apple’s upcoming AirTags item trackers and AirPods Studio headphones. The first of a series of tweets shared today simply stated that AirPods Studio will contain an ultra-wideband U1 chip. It seems likely that the U1 chip would […]

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Prosser Renders ‘Actual’ AirTags Design, Will ‘Likely’ Be Announced Tomorrow

Mixed-record leaker Jon Prosser has today revealed supposedly design-accurate renders of Apple’s long-awaited AirTags, via a new video on YouTube channel Front Page Tech. Apple has been believed to be working on a Tile-like Bluetooth tracking device that is designed to be attached to items like keys and wallets for tracking purposes, letting users locate […]

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Tile Launches New Premium Protect Plan That Offers $1000 in Lost Item Reimbursement

As rumors about Apple’s AirTags ramp up, AirTag competitor Tile is planning to launch a new “Premium Protect” service that will provide up to $1,000 to reimburse customers who subscribe for their lost items. Tile already has a premium plan that provides Smart Alerts when an item is left behind, free replacement batteries each year, […]

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Nikkei: iPhone 12 Mass Production Starting Later This Month, AirTags Production Already in Full Swing

Apple will begin mass producing the iPhone 12 on a limited scale later this month and on into early October, according to a report today from Nikkei Asian Review. Of the four 5G devices Apple is expected to launch this year, production will reportedly begin with the more affordable 6.1-inch OLED model with dual-lens camera, […]

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AirTags, iPhone 12, and Apple Watch Series 6 Announcements Rumored for Event Coming in Second Half of October

Apple is planning to hold an event in the latter half of October that will see the unveiling of the iPhone 12 models, Apple Watch Series 6, and long-rumored AirTags, according to a report from Japanese site Mac Otakara. Citing rumors from “Chinese suppliers,” Mac Otakara suggests that Apple initially planned to release the ‌AirTags‌ […]

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Apple’s Limits on Third-Party ‘Find My’ Integration Under Scrutiny

Apple last month introduced the new “Find My” Network Accessory Program, built to allow third-party products to work with Apple’s own ‌Find My‌ app. While Apple’s AirTags have yet to be formally announced, this program was seen as a way for Apple to level the playing field with competing Bluetooth location trackers, like Tile, and […]

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Tile Claims Apple’s Anticompetitive Behavior Has ‘Gotten Worse, Not Better’

Apple’s anticompetitive behaviors have gotten worse over the course of the last few months rather than better, Tile claimed in a congressional panel today, reports Reuters. Executives from Tile, PopSockets, Sonos, and Basecamp in January testified in front of a congressional hearing in an ongoing antitrust inquiry launched by the U.S. government against tech companies […]

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Apple’s Rumored Tile Competitor ‘AirTag’ May Have Removable Coin-Shaped Battery Like the Tile Pro

Camera Comparison: iPhone 11 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Earlier this week we picked up a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and did a feature overview to see if it’s worth $1,400, but we also thought we’d take a deeper look at Samsung’s newest smartphone to see how the cameras measure up to the […]

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AirTags Said to Be ‘Completely Waterproof’ and Use Magnetic Charging Like Apple Watch

In a report touching on several topics today, Japanese site Mac Otakara claims that Apple’s Tile-like “AirTags” item trackers will be “completely waterproof” and use similar magnetic wireless charging to that seen on the Apple Watch. AirTag image found in iOS 13 buildEvidence of ‌AirTags‌ has been found in builds of ‌iOS 13‌ since last […]

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Kuo: Supply Chain to Ramp Up for Apple’s Ultra Wideband Tags in Second to Third Quarter of 2020

Shanghai-based manufacturing company Universal Scientific Industrial will begin supplying the system-in-package for Apple’s upcoming Ultra Wideband item tracking tags in the second to third quarter of 2020, with shipments to reach tens of millions of units by the end of the year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.In a research note with TF International Securities, obtained […]

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Android Smartphones Expected to Follow iPhone With Ultra Wideband Technology Starting Later This Year

Following in the footsteps of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, the first Android smartphones with Ultra Wideband technology will be released starting later in 2020, according to Barclays analysts.In a research note obtained by MacRumors, the analysts said Android smartphones will be equipped with an all-in-one Ultra Wideband, NFC, and Secure Element chip […]

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