There’s no purpose why Apple can’t assist AirTags on Android, besides sheer spite
I purchased an Apple AirTag out of pure curiosity. At £29, it’s low-cost sufficient for an impulse purchase, simply to see what it may possibly do.
One of many issues it undoubtedly can not do is present any significant monitoring knowledge to an Android telephone — or a Home windows machine for that matter. If you wish to discover out the place your AirTag is, you’ll want an Apple machine at hand.
I knew this is able to be the case earlier than I purchased one, so this isn’t me griping as a result of I’ve wasted thirty quid. Nonetheless, the extent to which Apple intentionally bars Android and Home windows units from monitoring AirTags is an object lesson in petulence.
The a method I assumed you may be capable to observe AirTags from an Android telephone is thru iCloud.com. This browser-based service enables you to entry your Apple Mail, iCloud information and so forth. It additionally enables you to use a browser-based model of the Discover My app, which may find your Apple units. I knew it labored on Android browsers, as a result of I used it to attempt to discover my stolen iPad after I was out for the night in London final 12 months.
Nonetheless, Apple is just not presently supporting AirTags within the FindMy ‘app’ for iCloud.com. (By the way, FindMy is known as Discover iPhone in iCloud, despite the fact that it may be used to search out iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, AirPods — nearly something aside from AirTags. Y’know, the one Apple machine that you simply’re in all probability keenest to ‘discover’.)
It’s onerous to see this as something aside from bloody-minded belligerence from Apple, a transfer designed purely to push extra consumers in the direction of iPhones.
I’m not asking for full AirTag assist or a devoted FindMy app for Android, however there’s nothing aside from (hell, let’s say it) greed concerned within the resolution to not assist AirTags in iCloud.com. Apple might nonetheless hold the actually sensible options, corresponding to ‘precision discovering’ for its personal units.
I’m already massively invested within the Apple ecosystem. I’m scripting this on a £3,000+ MacBook Professional; I’ve obtained an iPad Professional and all of the equipment within the workplace right here too. Apple’s want to push me in the direction of the whole lot with an Apple brand on it makes me much less more likely to proceed investing, no more.