Apple announced back in February that it’s introducing changes that would make AirTags easier to find after several stories of bad actors using the tracker to stalk people came out. One of the upcoming changes it promised is adjusting the sound AirTags emit to be as loud as possible to make them “more easily findable.” Now, as MacRumors reports, the tech giant has started rolling out that capability with the device’s latest firmware update.
While Apple has published release notes to reveal what the update adds to the tracker, it didn’t mention that the company is gradually making the feature available on a staggered basis. According to the publication, only one percent of users received the update when it went out on Tuesday, but it will be delivered to 10 percent of users by May 3rd and to 25 percent by May 9th. Apple expects to complete the rollout by May 13th.
Earlier this April, Motherboard had obtained police data that included 50 cases of women receiving notifications or hearing alert sounds revealing that someone was tracking them with an AirTag. While that’s not a particularly large number, it suggests a growing number of cases wherein the trackers are being used for stalking purposes. In an effort to prevent the device from a creepy character’s tool of choice, Apple promised a handful of anti-stalking features that include showing people a warning that it’s a crime to use the device to track people. The company will also update newer iPhones’ precision finding technology to make them capable of displaying the direction and distance to an unknown AirTag.
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