Lesser known AirTag features: IP67 water resistance, replaceable battery

The long awaited announcement of the AirTag was pretty short in the event, Apple didn’t mention some things about the tracking device—which we’ll be covering below.

iPhone 12 displaying AirTag finding screen, along with AirTag device.
The AirTag in a press render. Image: Apple

Here’s what Apple’s website has to say about the water resistance:

AirTag is splash, water, and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear.

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Perhaps the water resistance hasn’t been developed on a really large scale or level for the AirTag otherwise Apple would have proudly stated that too. There also is some dust resistance we are getting with it, but not permanent due to normal wear. With a cheap device like an AirTag, these are most likely to be thrown around and would wear quicker than other devices.

Apple has also said that the AirTag has a “user replaceable battery” which simply means that the AirTag’s owner can replace the battery when needed.

AirTag is designed for over a year’s worth of battery life with everyday use. The CR2032 battery is user-replaceable and widely available.

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Apple is indeed right about the “widely available” part since these batteries are really common, mostly used in digital watches. You can grab one from your local supermarket, a nearby IKEA ($3.49 for 8) or on Amazon. Speaking of batteries on Amazon, we recommend this one from Energizer, pretty cheap and claims to provide 10 years of battery life (Starting at $3).

Here’s how to replace the batteries on the AirTag.

And one more thing, to all the Android users; you can use the AirTag with Bluetooth and NFC so you’re not left out too!

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Arnav Verma
Article writer at Apple TLD.
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