Could Apple’s Tile competitor arrive next week, next month or in 2021?

Apple’s  upcoming virtual product launch will kick off on Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST) in Apple Park. We’re mainly expecting to see the iPhone 12, but there’s still hope for some other surprises including Apple’s long-rumored smart tracker tag competitor, thought to be called AirTags. 



a close up of a egg: We could finally get AirTags at the upcoming Apple Event. Apple


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We could finally get AirTags at the upcoming Apple Event. Apple

If AirTags don’t appear at the Oct. 13 event, we could see them at Apple’s rumored November event, when the tech giant is expected to announce the first Mac laptop with Apple Silicon. Otherwise, it might not happen until March 2021, by tech analyst Jon Prosser’s estimations.

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The AirTag tech was hinted at in the code for iOS 13 last summer, but rumors were circulating even before that software arrived. 

When Apple debuted new ultrawideband, or UWB, technology in

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AirTags: Could Apple’s Tile competitor arrive next week, next month or in 2021?

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We could finally get AirTags at the upcoming Apple Event.


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Apple’s upcoming virtual product launch will kick off on Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST) in Apple Park. We’re mainly expecting to see the iPhone 12, but there’s still hope for some other surprises including Apple’s long-rumored smart tracker tag competitor, thought to be called AirTags. 

If AirTags don’t appear at the Oct. 13 event, we could see them at Apple’s rumored November event, when the tech giant is expected to announce the first Mac laptop with Apple Silicon. Otherwise, it might not happen until March 2021, by tech analyst Jon Prosser’s estimations.

The AirTag tech was hinted at in the code for iOS 13 last summer, but rumors were circulating even before

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NASA launches new $23 million space toilet to ISS. It should arrive Monday

A recently designed space toilet that better accommodates women is headed to the International Space Station. The new loo was packed inside a cargo ship that successfully blasted off Friday evening at 6:16 p.m. PT from  NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. The astronauts will give the toilet a test run for the next few months.



This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS. NASA


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This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS. NASA



Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee. 


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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee. 


Weighing almost 100 pounds (45 kilograms) and measuring 28 inches (71 centimeters) tall, the new toilet is about half as big as the two Russian-built toilets already in use at the ISS. This new toilet is 65% smaller and almost half as light than current ISS toilets in use.

The new, smaller

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Apple’s Tile competitor could arrive at the October event

Apple kept it short and to the point at its Sept. 16 virtual event, unveiling a new suite of Apple Watches and iPads, along with the iOS 14, iPadOS 14WatchOS 7 and TVOS 14 to release the following day. Apple didn’t, however, debut its long-rumored smart tracker tag competitor, thought to be called AirTags. They were hinted at in the code for iOS 13 last summer, but rumors were circulating even before that software arrived. 



a large body of water with a city in the background: When will we see Apple AirTags? Apple


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When will we see Apple AirTags? Apple

When Apple debuted new ultrawideband, or UWB, technology in its iPhone 11 models last year, speculation heated up that Apple could release a competitor to Tile’s popular trackers

The rumored AirTags may seem similar to iBeacon, an implementation of Bluetooth low-energy wireless technology, that Apple first debuted in iOS 7 in 2014. The beacons were small, inexpensive Bluetooth transmitters

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Apple AirTags: Apple’s Tile competitor could arrive at the October event

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When will we see Apple AirTags?


Apple

This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple kept it short and to the point at its Sept. 16 virtual event, unveiling a new suite of Apple Watches and iPads, along with the iOS 14, iPadOS 14WatchOS 7 and TVOS 14 to release the following day. Apple didn’t, however, debut its long-rumored smart tracker tag competitor, thought to be called AirTags. They were hinted at in the code for iOS 13 last summer, but rumors were circulating even before that software arrived. 

When Apple debuted new ultrawideband, or UWB, technology in its iPhone 11 models last year, speculation heated up that Apple could release a competitor to Tile’s popular trackers

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