Third-party 'AirTags' silicone straps surface ahead of rumored launch
Added 04-20-21 01:11:01am EST - “An increasing number of third-party accessory makers are marketing wares for a rumored Apple "AirTags" tracker device, a product that could be unveiled as soon as Tuesday.” - Appleinsider.com
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An increasing number of third-party accessory makers are marketing wares for a rumored Apple "AirTags" tracker device, a product that could be unveiled as soon as Tuesday.
Leaker "UnclePan" in a Weibo post on Monday (via DuanRui) showed off a set of rubber or silicone carriers designed to hold a single coin-sized "AirTag" tracker at the end of a leash or strap.
Details on the accessory were not disclosed, though a picture reveals what appears to be a one-piece design with a circular portion on one end fit to receive an "AirTag" device. A keyhole-shaped slot cut into the opposing end of the strap could be used to create a loop or attach the accessory directly to a compliant structure like a purse strap.
Separately, MacRumors was sent images of a very similar third-party strap reportedly crafted from a material akin to the fluoroelastomer Apple uses in its first-party accessories. That model also sports a leash design with keyhole slit, but adds a snap closure for securing an "AirTag" device.
Case makers have been making bets on leaked schematics in attempts to be first to market with a working "AirTags" product. Nomad and Cyrill, for example, introduced a set of accessories dedicated to the as-yet-unreleased Apple device, with offerings including keychains and an eyeglass holder. Other companies have joined the fray and are pushing their own designs on eBay, Etsy and other outlets.
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