Last week, FCC filings revealed that Apple began seeking regulatory approval and certification for AirTags in 2019, with testing taking place in the second half of the year. Now, as AirTags begin to arrive to customers worldwide, new evidence is reaffirming that AirTags have been ready to launch for a considerable amount of time.
Images of paperwork included inside the box for Apple’s Keyring AirTag accessory shared on Twitter by Apple YouTuber ZONEofTECH shows the year “2019” listed for regulatory and trademark purposes. However, on the AirTags box itself, the year 2020 is listed. Both writings clearly indicate that Apple could have announced and shipped AirTags as early as possibly 2019, but it was inclined not to do so until two years later.
While not for certain, Apple’s decision to delay AirTags release could have been related to the scrutiny the company faced and continues to face on accusations of anti-competitive behavior from competing item-tracker maker Tile. AirTags became available for pre-order last week and cost $29 apiece or $99 for a pack of four.
This article, “Packaging Reveals Apple Was Preparing to Ship AirTags as Early as 2019” first appeared on MacRumors.com
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