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iOS 15: Apple ID is associated with Air Pods in Locator App

From iOS 15, AirPods pro and AirPods Max will finally be associated with Apple ID in the Locator app, so you can search for it if you leave it.

However, it is essential to note that this is not an activation lock, i.e., it can be restored to factory status in a few clicks, but it will still be a helpful innovation. Let’s take a look at the details.

Like AirTags, AirPods Pro and Max will appear in the Locator app starting with iOS 15, even if you’re connected to another iPhone or iPad. To do this, it uses Bluetooth, which is less accurate than the U1 chip in the AirTag, but it can still help you out if you leave them.

Of course, this also means that AirPods Pro and Max will now be associated with your Apple ID, as this way, the finder can return it to you. However, this doesn’t match the activation lock that has been protecting our devices since iOS 7 so that no one else can use them in case of theft, as you can remove your Apple ID connection from your AirPods in just a few clicks.

For AirPods Max, press the digital crown for 12 seconds, and for AirPods Pro, you need to grab the speakers and press the button on it several times:

The latter gesture feels a little like Apple couldn’t figure out how to restore the AirPods Pro elegantly.

So overall, the new Locator feature helps you get your AirPods back when you left, not making it harder for a thief to live if it’s stolen.

Do you think Apple has done enough with this new feature?

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