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Apple AirTags 2020 price, release date, news and leaks

Apple AirTags 2020 price, release date, news and leaks
(Image credit: Tom's Guide)

Apple AirTags 2020 could be unveiled as soon as this month, and we have the latest updates on the wireless keyfinder's release date, price and more.

Leaks so far suggest AirTags will be ready to launch at the WWDC 2020 summit, which is taking place online on June 22. Apple has all but confirmed AirTags exist, plus leaker Jon Prosser is confident the keyfinders will be shared with the public next month at the developer's conference. 

Another leaker has opened up the inside of an A13 Bionic-powered iPhone to show which part of Apple's flagship will support AirTags.

Here's everything else we know about Apple AirTags, as more references to these tracking tags starts to crop up in advance of Apple's upcoming developer conference.

Apple AirTags: How they'll work

Apple's looking to challenge the Tile Pro to make the best key finder on the market, and it has a good chance if it works seamlessly with the company's ecosystem of devices.

Like other key finders, AirTags will attach to objects you want to keep track of, whether it's keys, computers, wallets and purses or something else valuable. The tracker then connects to your phone, so that you can find the location of any misplaced or missing items.

There's a key difference between current key finders and the AirTags Apple reportedly has in development. Most key finders connect to your phone via Bluetooth. But AirTags are rumored to be using the U1 Ultra Wideband sensor Apple added to last fall's iPhone 11 models and that will presumably come with the iPhone 12 models this year. That would give the AirTags better range and more accurate location tracking than conventional key finders.

It's widely assumed that AirTags would work with Find My, a built-in app on the iPhone that already lets you locate friends and Apple products, based on their location information.

Apple AirTags 2020 price

The Apple AirTags 2020 price hasn't been hinted at yet, but key finders usually cost less than $50. If Apple hopes to compete with the likes of Tile and Chipolo, we can expect AirTags to sell in that range, despite Apple's reputation for pricy accessories.

That said, we don't know how many features Apple plans to pack into its AirTags. Factors like a far range, distinct alarm sound, accurate alerts and flawless iOS integration could add value to AirTags. 

Apple AirTags 2020 release date

Apple AirTags

Apple AirTags will challenge top key finders such as the Tile Mate.  (Image credit: Tom's Guide)

The first hint about AirTags dropped right before the iPhone 11 launch. Few rumors have materialized since then, the standout of which is analyst Ming-Chi Kuo confirming Apple planned to send ultra-wide band chips into production between April and September 2020.

Considering this timeframe, it’s reasonable to expect that the AirTags will go on sale at Apple’s typical September event when it reveals its latest iPhone and Apple Watch. That's if the coronavirus pandemic doesn't delay Apple's usual fall showcase, of course. 

And there is a good chance we'll learn about AirTags at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June, even if they're not ready to ship.

As for proof that AirTags are on the way, an Apple video titled "How to erase your iPhone" (which has been removed after its original posting) refers to AirTags by name for just 2 seconds, yet Appleosophy spotted it around the 1:40 mark within the Find My iPhone settings. 

Beneath Enable Offline Finding, the onscreen device reads "Offline finding enables this device and AirTags to be found when not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular."

More recently, a report from Josh Constine revealed more on how AirTags might work. While much of that report focused on a new augmented reality app called Gobi, apparently the AR capabilities will extend to the Find My app. Code shown to Constine indicates that you'll be able to hold up your iPhone and scan a room for AirTag-connected objects; you'll then get audio and haptic feedback based on your proximity to the thing you’re looking for.

That's the most detail we've heard yet on how AirTags might work, but we're expecting more leaks as we get closer to June and the potential AirTags unveiling. Check back for updates.