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Buying an Apple AirTag? Prices and Accessories at a Glance

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The Apple AirTag is a practical accessory for your iPhone! However, since you cannot simply hang the trackers on your keychain and have to make the difficult decision between a single AirTag and a five-pack purchase, we have summarized the total cost involved as well as the most important accessories to get.

By integrating its U1 chips on the iPhone 11, Apple actually prepared the market launch of an item tracker a long time ago. After all, thanks to the ultra-wideband (UWB) sensor, you've been able to track your AirPods, by asking, "Find my", for some time now. With the AirTag you can do the same with all sorts of items.

You can place the battery-operated AirTags in your backpack, attach them to your keychain, or attach them to anything else that you don't want to misplace. You can then locate the devices via the Find My app. Since this is already a very handy feature, we want to further clarify all the important questions that you might have before you part with your hard-earned money for the AirTag. Should you have an inkling of some of the topics below, feel free to jump straight to the appropriate section.

If you have any other questions about the AirTags, feel free to discuss them in the comments. Of course, if you come across something relevant to all nextpit readers, we'll include it in our article.

Requirements: What do you need to use the AirTag?

Basically, all that you need to use the AirTags is any compatible iPhone with the Find My app pre-installed. However, the functionality differs from one iPhone to the next.

On all iPhones—as well as on iPads and the iPod Touch, the item trackers can be located via the app. To achieve this, Apple relies on an anonymous Bluetooth network through which the AirTag communicates its position to Apple's Sever.

iPhones with a UWB chip

These iPhone models can accurately track AirTags
Apple iPhone 11, Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12, Apple iPhone 12 Pro, Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and Apple iPhone 12 mini
Apple iPhone 13, Apple iPhone 13 Pro, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and Apple iPhone 13 mini
Apple iPhone 14, Apple iPhone 14 Pro, Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max and Apple iPhone 14 Plus
Apple iPhone 15, Apple iPhone 15 Pro, Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max and Apple iPhone 15 Plus (U2)

But if you want to locate your keychain in your home, you should use an iPhone with Apple's U1 or U2 chip. Together with the camera, the ARKit, the accelerometer, and the gyroscope, this chip makes it possible for the tracker to detect your location with impressive accuracy.

How to buy Apple's AirTags

The Apple AirTag can be ordered from Apple's very own online stores as well as other third-party online and retail stores. Their pricing details are as follows:

Apple AirTag MSRP

Product Price
Single AirTag $29.00
Pack-of-4 AirTags $99.00 ($24.75 per AirTag)

Purchasing it via Apple.com is especially worthwhile because you can personalize the trackers with engravings, making it an ideal gift for someone whom you treasure. You can choose between 31 different emojis or individual texts. You may also check out the following offers by major online retailers:

Of course, you can also hunt down the AirTag in retail stores via Click & Collect or in your local Apple Store. To help you keep track of the availability and stock numbers through the coronavirus lockdown, you can check out the overview of all certified Apple retailers.

Accessories: A simple keychain or premium band?

If you clicked on one of the shop links from the previous segment, you would have noticed one thing: The AirTag, which you can buy for $29 or more, cannot be attached to a keychain. This is because there is no available hole for a key ring. As this cannot be milled into the tracker, Apple has designed accessories instead to perform a similar function— which you have to purchase on the side, of course.

Apple AirTag
With Apple's own accessories, you can hang the AirTags on suitcases, key rings, and bags. / © Apple

Official AirTag accessories from Apple

The keychains are available from Apple itself in three different materials, which are further divided into different colors. You will have to choose between a leather fob for $35, a leather fob for $39, and a vegan-friendly fob made of polyurethane for $29. These links will take you directly to the tag at Apple:

In addition to Apple's own accessories, third-party keychains are also available at Apple's very own online stores as well as other third-party online and retail stores. There will be slightly cheaper third-party keychains if you are willing to settle for something apart from the original.

AirTag accessories from official Apple partners

Let's begin with the cheapest listings! Belkin sells the most affordable AirTag keychain so far via the official Apple online shop. You will have to fork out €12.95 for each of these and can choose between a model with a loop and a model with a key ring.

Third-party AirTag accessories

You can find inexpensive AirTag accessories on the likes of Amazon. Prices begin with very cheap models from about €3. I have selected some models for you in the following listings. Since these are not officially recommended accessories, I cannot confirm their suitability or fit, making these purchases is a little bit risky. But hey, at such rock-bottom prices, you might just come across some bargains here.

Finally, here's a tip that most will probably forget when buying AirTags: The item trackers are battery-powered and use CR2032 cells. Although Apple claims a battery life of one year with daily use, you can make the relevant preparations right now:

Last but not least, I want to mention a topic that will surely become important in the future when you think about AirTags! The availability of bundled offers, with which you can lower the overall cost of ownership.

How interested are you in the AirTags? Have you already purchased some or do you have experiences with alternatives like Tile devices?

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Benjamin Lucks

Benjamin Lucks
Head of Editorial DE

Ben has been working in tech journalism since 2018, was a freelancer in the middle of the CoVid-crisis and has been full-time at NextPit since November '20. Since then he has tries to find the right mix between professional competence, humor and fresh perspectives in reviews and texts.

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