Apple last month announced the AirTag tracker and its packaging indicates it should come out much earlier, but its release has been delayed for more than a year. Daniel from the YouTube channel ZONEofTECH has uploaded pictures showing that the year 2020 is mentioned in the AirTag box and the year 2019 is mentioned in the leather keyring.
It could be that at a time when most iPhones didn’t have the U1 chip, which uses ultra-broadband technology (UWB) to find other U1-equipped devices like AirTag, Apple made no point in having a tracker bring out. That changed with the arrival of the iPhone 12, as it offers UWB technology together with iPhone 11.
Another possibility is that Apple did not seek further antitrust reviews in 2020. Devices within Apple’s Find My network can help track down a lost AirTag, and the Cupertino giant opened that up Network to third-party companies a few days before the Bluetooth tracker is released. An earlier start could have sparked criticism of anti-competitive behavior.
The AirTag is priced at $ 29 per pop and also comes in a 4-pack for $ 99. Is that now Shipping to customers.