Latest AirTags Firmware Update Fixes Unwanted Tracking Sound For Easier Detection

Earlier this week, Apple started rolling out a firmware update for Air beaconsand while it was unclear at the time what changes were included in the update, Apple has now revealed in a new support document that it changes the sound made by unknown ‌AirTags‌ found to travel with you.

New AitTag Firmware

AirTag Firmware Update 1.0.301

Adjusted unwanted tracking sound to locate an unknown AirTag more easily.

Apple has made several changes to how ‌AirTags‌ work since their release to address concerns about trackers being used for harassment. Apple in February announced a series of changes that would be in regards to harassment issues, with some of the changes rolling out in March with iOS 15.4 and more to come later.

One of those changes coming later involved using several of the louder tones in the tone sequence played by an unknown AirTag to help locate it more easily, and that seems to be what the update to the this week’s firmware included.

AirTag sound setting: Currently, iOS users receiving an unwanted tracking alert can play a sound to help them find the unknown AirTag. We will adjust the tone sequence to make more use of the loudest tones to make an unknown AirTag easier to find.

Although not mentioned in the release notes, Apple is rolling out this firmware in a staggered fashion and there is no way to force your ‌AirTags‌ to update. The update was limited to 1% of AirTag users starting Tuesday when it launched, which will increase to 10% on May 3 and 25% on May 9, and it will go fully live for everyone. May 13.

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