According to new information from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple suppliers are expected to start mass production of the AirTag 2 in the fourth quarter of 2024. The current AirTag was launched in April 2021 and costs €39 / $29. Kuo also anticipates that the new AirTag will also be part of a spatial computing ecosystem centered around the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset. However, he did not provide any further details or reveal any other potential new features for the GPS tracker.
The current AirTag is equipped with an Apple-developed U1 chip for Ultra Wideband. This enables a precision finding function that shows the distance and direction to an AirTag. Kuo previously said that iPhone 15 models will likely feature an upgraded ultra-wideband chip, so Apple may be planning an upgraded U2 chip for both iPhones and the AirTag.
AirTags connect to the Apple ecosystem through the Find My network. The prerequisite is a connected Apple smartphone from iPhone 11 upwards. The phone then displays the last known location of the tracker on a map. If AirTags are within Bluetooth range, you can ping them directly with your phone or via Siri.
Based on this time frame, the launch of the new Apple AirTag 2 is still over a year away. Thus, various leaks and rumors about the accessories are likely to appear in the coming months.