Apple AirTag review

Is the Apple AirTag the affordable answer to reliable theft prevention?

Apple Airtag
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Apple AirTag is affordable and provides reasonably effective security, however, it does rely upon proximity to Apple devices, so traditional GPS trackers may be more successful in remote areas.

Reasons to buy
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    Huge number of Apple provides a big network to tap into

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    A wide range of third-party bike mounts are available

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    Inexpensive compared with a GPS tracker

Reasons to avoid
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    Relies on Apple devices, less likely to work in remote areas

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    Needs a recent iPhone to get the best from the app

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    AirTag could accidentally alert a thief to its presence

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The AirTag is Apple's answer to Tile and other small trackers. Always losing your keys? Fit an AirTag. Wallet gone walkabout? An AirTag should help you find it. And while this sort of everyday use is what the AirTag is all about, it can work as security tracker for your bike too.

Like Tile tags, the Apple AirTag uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone. So long as the AirTag is within range of your phone, tap on the 'Find My' app and the AirTag's location shows on the screen. Meanwhile, the device makes a cheerful beep to tell you that, once again, your keys have fallen down the back of the sofa. If you are running an iPhone 11 or later, then the 'Precision Finding' feature goes further, showing the distance and direction of the AirTag on screen.

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David Motton is a freelance journalist and presenter specialising in motoring and cycling. David's cycling reviews, features and news stories have been published in Cycling Plus, Pro Cycling, and in mainstream newspapers such as The Sunday Times and The Telegraph. As a motoring journalist, he has contributed to Autocar, WhatCar?, Practical Caravan and more.