Can AirTag Track Speed?

The Apple AirTag has revolutionized the way we keep track of our personal belongings, like keys or wallet. While its primary function is to help locate lost items, many users wonder if it can track the speed of a moving object.

How Does AirTag Work?

AirTag uses Bluetooth technology to connect with nearby Apple devices. These devices then relay the AirTag’s location to iCloud, allowing you to see it on a map using the Find My app. The AirTag also features Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology for precise location tracking when in close range of a compatible iPhone.

Can AirTag Track Speed?

In short, no, AirTag cannot track speed. The AirTag lacks the necessary sensors, such as GPS and an accelerometer, to measure and report speed. It relies on Bluetooth connections with nearby Apple devices, which only update its location intermittently. Therefore, it cannot provide real-time speed tracking or continuous movement data.

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Limitations of AirTag for Speed Tracking

Several factors limit the AirTag’s ability to track speed:

  • Lack of GPS: AirTag does not have built-in GPS, which is essential for accurate speed tracking.
  • Intermittent Location Updates: The device updates its location only when it comes within range of another Apple device, leading to delays.
  • Bluetooth Range: The effective range for Bluetooth communication is limited, typically up to 100 feet without obstructions.

Precision Finding with AirTag

AirTag’s Precision Finding feature uses UWB technology to provide precise location data when within close range of a compatible iPhone. This feature helps you locate items nearby with directional and distance cues. However, Precision Finding is not designed for speed tracking but rather for pinpointing the exact location of an item.

Alternatives for Speed Tracking

If you need to track speed or continuous movement, consider using devices specifically designed for this purpose:

  • GPS Trackers: Devices like the Tile Pro or Garmin inReach provide real-time GPS tracking and can measure speed accurately.
  • Smartphone Apps: Apps like Strava or MapMyRun use your smartphone’s built-in GPS to track speed, distance, and route in real-time.
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