Apple Rolling Out Updated Firmware for AirTags [Updated]

Apple today began rolling out a firmware update for its AirTag item trackers. The firmware features a build number of 2A73 (2.0.73), up from the 2A61 firmware that came out last October.

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Apple does share release notes for ‌AirTag‌ firmware updates, but the document has yet to be updated for the new release so there's no word yet on what might be included in the update.

As is typical for ‌AirTag‌ updates, today's firmware release will be rolling out on a staggered basis. One percent of users will get the update today, and then it will expand to 10 percent of users on March 26. On April 2, the update will expand to 25 percent of users, and then it will be available to all on April 9.

It is not possible to force an ‌AirTag‌ update, as it's something that's done over-the-air through a connected iPhone. To make sure the update happens, you can put your ‌AirTag‌ in range of your ‌‌iPhone‌‌, but you have to wait for the firmware to roll out to your device. You can check your current ‌AirTag‌ firmware version through the Find My app, with instructions available in our how to.

Update: Due to an apparent error in date formatting by Apple in the deployment code, it appears the update has gone out to all AirTags rather than on a rolling basis as planned, as noted by @iSWUpdates.

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Top Rated Comments

Analog Kid Avatar
17 weeks ago
I have to say, that banner makes this event a lot more exciting!
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CookItOff Avatar
17 weeks ago
"We’re excited to introduce our new AirTag firmware. In response to the wonderful lawsuits and government regulation we have now removed being able to track stolen items, or even track non stolen items, this of course removes the ability to view where your AirTag's location is on your phone. From now on your AirTag will sound a constant beep even though it can no longer track anything. We also made this requested feature permanent with no way of disabling. We think you're going to love it!" - Apple

Sarcasm of course but I feel like we are headed this way. :p

Edit for autocorrect grammar. ?
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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17 weeks ago
Stalking is snappier!
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17 weeks ago
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Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
6163621 Avatar
17 weeks ago
Who said "Do you feel lucky....?"

Judging by the current mess Apple seems to make with any software, what possibly could go wrong with AirTag firmware [serious question] other than bricking the device.

Randomly putting your tag 500km away in someone else's "realm"? What else...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Account25476 Avatar
17 weeks ago
Releasing bugs on AirTag firmware too.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)