AirTags were ready back in 2019, here’s why Apple may have delayed the launch

Apple AirTags could be one in every of the most anticipated units by the company in years. The Bluetooth tracker has been rumored since 2019 nevertheless it was solely till final month that we formally noticed it launching in India and different markets. However, as ‘new’ as AirTags could be in the market, Apple apparently had them ready back in 2019 itself. And there appears to be proof of it.

One of the YouTubers named Daniel (@ZONEofTech) uploaded a few pictures on Twitter, exhibiting the retail field of the AirTags. In the tweet, we see him stating that the AirTags field talked about the year 2020 whereas the Leather Keyring accent for AirTags talked about the year 2019, which can also be the identical year we first began listening to about AirTags. All this resulted in him speculating that Apple may simply be ready with AirTags in 2019. However, why the agency took a lot time to launch it, remains to be a question.

But there are a few theories making rounds on the net. One of the main causes might be that not many iPhones had the U1 chipset back in 2019 so having a U1-based Bluetooth tracker in the market at that time may not have made a lot sense. In 2019 solely iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max got here with U1 chipsets that use Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) tech for monitoring location of AirTags. With iPhone 12 sequence in 2020, Apple may have thought that since there are six iPhone fashions in the market (of which iPhone 11 and 12 were the greatest promoting units), it could be the proper time to convey AirTags.

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The second idea is that the iPhone maker didn’t wish to tangle antitrust scrutiny in 2020. If your AirTags are lost, it will possibly use a number of units beneath the Find My community (together with iPhones and Macs) to ping you the location. And the agency opened the community to third-party corporations as properly just a few days earlier than launching AirTags. Launching it earlier may have resulted in anti-competitive behaviour.

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