#39 - All about Apple AirTags ... 15 years of Spotify
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First Napster, and then Apple. And, in 2016 Spotify arrived and revolutionized the way how folks consumed music through its streaming service. Though there are many music streaming apps in the market, Spotify commands nearly 83% of the US market through its amazing innovations like Mood Playlists, Spotify Wrapped, songwriter and producer credits, Spotify Clips, mini videos, direct donations to artists, etc.
Here is a wonderful article on 15 years of Spotify.
All about Apple AirTags
Losing stuff such as keys, backpack, wallet, bicycles (yes, my 8-yr old son lost his bicycle once), is a real world problem. How about using your phone or a network of phones to track your lost item?
Well .. some companies have tried that, but Apple just made a huge leap in tracking your lost objects.
What is AirTag?
AirTag is simply a coin sized tag, with a battery and a Bluetooth signal emitter with a U1 chip, that can be placed to tied to any easy-to-lose object such as a wallet or an umbrella. This tag can be simply paired with an iPhone.
The tag simply sends its location to iCloud through any iPhone and can be located in the paired iPhone’s Find My app. The phone user can locate it precisely using the Maps feature, with a real good UIs like virtual arrow.
Who are the competitors?
Currently, Tile is the market leader in smart tags, but one can have a feeling that it faces an existential threat. Another smilar player is Chipolo. Samsung also launched a smart tag recently, but hasn’t got much attention.
What is Apple’s advantage?
AirTags can use a network of a billion iPhones that have Find My app enbaled to track your lost item.
Free engraving of initials or emoji
Precision tracking of the tag to its location
Super simple UI to pair a tag and track the lost ones
I hope that this edition was informational to you. Till the next edition, Stay Home and Stay Safe.