I sent my Apple Airtag to Paris for a day — and here’s how it went …

James Tapping
4 min readMay 4, 2021
Apple Airtag placed on an Apple wireless keyboard.

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As an Apple die hard fan, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Apple’s latest device, their most affordable yet :) Ordered on launch day my single Airtag arrived by DHL much earlier than the announced date.

I considered the 4 pack but I already use Tile (or should that be Tiles? ) for various items including my cat and don’t really need other tracking devices. (Not yet anyway)

Cat with Tile device

Here’s my Airtag unboxing — the packaging is tough! (edit: I’ve since had it pointed out to me that there is a green pull tab at the bottom of the box which makes it much easier). Once opened, first impressions were good, it’s a small solid device and setup is ridiculously simple. The device makes various satisfying sounds during setup — and Apple have unsurprisingly documented those here. You use the Find My app to locate the device and its location is shown on a map, just like devices and people.

The alert sound is a little quiet for my liking and for the moment at least the sound can’t be changed. I hope that’s something that will be remedied in the future. Another downside is that currently only emoji’s can be used for the item photo.

Removing the battery is easier than that of a Tile and was a good move on Apple’s part — these could have very easily been disposible. Here’s a quick video of me opening it up and another of me removing the speaker (not for the faint hearted).

So, to send my Airtag away and find out how the lost tracking works(and the tracking in general). Easy … my better half works in Paris so I popped the device into her bag (with her permission of course!).

The journey is about 30 minutes by train. I quickly saw movement on the Find My map, although I was told once that the device was “with me”. The movement seems to lag a couple of minutes behind devices and people but it’s still not bad and totally useful. A battery charge bar is also shown for the device which is impressive and something that the Tile app doesn’t show.

James Tapping

An aspiring iOS developer(1.5 years in), musician and father.