It's been a while since we last talked about (supposed) upcoming Apple tracking accessories, which will make use of the U1 chip of the new iPhones and should be presented sometime in the coming months (or days). For today our friend Guilherme Rambo, of 9to5Mac, discovered important information about them.
Rummaging through internal files of the newly released iOS 13.2, Rambo found references to such a AirTag which, if suspicions are confirmed, must be the name of such a tracker.
The folder with the files referring to “AirTags” has no other information yet, it is temporarily populated with images from AirPods. But the file names in the directory give some signs: a short video suggests that devices will have a feature called Battery Swap, which probably refers to the ability of trackers to have their easily replaced batteries.
Another file found in the folder indicates that AirTags will work similarly to AirPods (and AirPods Pro now): just bring a tracker closer to your iPhone and the phone recognizes the accessory and automatically connects it. From there, you can attach the device to anything you want to track wallet, keys, purse, bike or whatever and relax.
THE MacRumorseven got an image of the accessory configuration process:
What is not yet known when the accessory will be officially presented. With the release of the AirPods Pro today and the arrival of Apple TV + On Friday, there is speculation that Ma is planning a "release week," announcing a new one every day, perhaps bringing the new MacBook Pro, the new iPads Pro, and the "AirTags" to the cake. We will have to wait to know, however.
Smart battery case
The information about the AirTags was not the only news discovered by Rambo, however. Still in the gut of iOS 13.2, the developer was able to find the first official images of (supposed) Smart Battery Cases for iPhones 11 and 11 Pro (Max). See s:
As you can see, there are not many surprises here: the accessories remain basically the same compared to previous versions, with the only noticeable difference in the larger cutout for the grown camera module. Moreover, the new Smart Battery Cases should work in exactly the same way as they do today.
If the new accessories will also be released this week or if they will be later this year, we will have to wait and see.
Update 10/28/2019 s 20:17
And we already have more evidence that Apple may adopt the name "AirTag": the MacRumors found that trademark ownership was recently transferred to the US Patent & Trademark Office.
None of the companies involved in switching to Apple, but it is common for Ma to use outside firms for this kind of operation precisely to avert the prying eyes of the press and the like. So basically confirmed, now? Let's wait.