Most of the keynotes at Apple’s WWDC 2023 were devoted to the Vision Pro program. However, if you’ve been paying close attention to the company’s presentation of iOS 17, you may have noticed a special infographic-infographic nugget at the end related to the AirTag. It is the ground sharing function of AirTag with iOS 17.
Since its release in 2021, Apple’s AirTags have been used to help people find their lost items. Whether it’s their wallet stuck between the couch cushions, or a wandering furry pet out of their case, iPhone owners have found several uses for AirTags.
With the release of iOS 17 this fall, you’ll be able to share tracking with other people thanks to this new group sharing functionality. You can expect to share with up to five other people, making it more convenient than ever to keep track of things. If something goes missing, anyone in the group can use Precision Finding to pinpoint the location of the misplaced AirTag.
This feature shared with iOS 17 doesn’t just end with AirTags either because it’s open to other Find My network accessories that have appeared since then, like Eufy’s SmartTrack wallet and other supported baggage trackers. The latter is notable because families on vacation can know with confidence whether or not their belongings have been left behind, rather than one person having that responsibility.
There’s no question it flew under the radar at WWDC 2023, where we were also introduced to the 15-inch MacBook Air and the new Mac Studio M2 Ultra, but existing AirTag owners should be excited about this new feature.