For many Apple fans, the Apple AirTag is a very useful product. Allows you to find lost items quickly and effortlessly. But agree that this is not a final product and it still takes some time to fix the bugs. Let’s just remember the last few times when thieves used it to track luxury vehicles and stole them. Now, the product sends alerts to people who are not being tracked at all.
False alerts from Apple AirTag
Recently, a mother and daughter were leaving Disney World when their daughter received a notification on her iPhone saying that someone was watching her using someone else’s AirTag. Although no incident occurred, this caused tremendous unrest and terrified her.
The same thing happened with Ryan McClain, a 25-year-old trader in Indianapolis. He received a notification last month saying he was being watched. “It was a shock for my morning,” he said. “I thought, ‘Who would want to chase me?’ “Who would want to hurt me?”
Another case we want to recall refers to an iPhone user, 24-year-old Natalia Garcia. She received a notification telling her that “An AirTag was found to be moving with you”. Received the alert after one night in downtown Chicago. “It was scary,” Garcia said. “I checked my bag, looked around to make sure no one put an AirTag on me,” he said. He tried to force the tracker to ring his alarm clock, but the Find My app simply said “AirTag Not Reachable”.
Further reading: Apple AirTag and other trackers could do more harm than good
The point is, Apple AirTag sends false alerts to people. Thus, no one is watching them, but warns them as they are being watched. Worst of all, iPhone users may receive notifications in the middle of the night. Agree that this could be scary. We understand that this is a mistake or an error. But it does not save Apple users from falling victim to it.
However, Toronto-based consumer researcher Marcus Geisler found the motion pattern created by AirTags strange. “The AirTag motion plan on the map looked extremely strange,” Geisler said. “I thought my neighbor’s dog might have swallowed it by mistake,” he said, adding that he could not find any AirTag fraudsters.
The Wall Street Journal He said the reports had created “confusion and concern and led the recipients to pursue a wild duck”. When trying to figure out if there is logic in the directions of the alerts, the creation patterns show the erratic movements of these AirTags moving in irrational directions.