A new update reduces the time it takes for AirTags to sound alerts when separated from their owners. The change is in response to privacy and stalking concerns raised by the Washington Post and other media outlets. Apple also says it̵
At launch, AirTags only sounded a warning after being separated from their owner for three days. The three-day window made it easy to stalk Android users, who don’t receive on-screen notifications when followed by a stray AirTag. The new firmware update, available today, will cause AirTags to beep at any time between 8 and 24 hours when separated from their owner, giving Android users a quick warning if they’re being stalked.
Along with the shorter warning window, Apple tells CNET it is working on an AirTag detection app for Android. While we don’t know the details yet, Apple says the app will warn Android users when they’re being tracked by an AirTag or Find My device. However, the app does not let Android users set up or use AirTags.
Apple is rolling out the AirTag firmware update today. Your AirTag will update automatically when it is near your iPhone.
New Apple AirTag
Now with enhanced privacy features, AirTags leverages the Find My network to help you track items that are easy to lose, such as luggage, backpacks, wallets, and keys.
Source: Apple via CNET