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Nomad developing accessories for Apple 'AirTags' [u]

Credit: Evan Blass

Accessory makers like Nomad are starting to prepare for the launch of Apple's long-rumored "AirTags," as evidenced by the leak of two concept products designed for the tracking device.

"AirTags" are expected to be small tracking accessories that users can attach to items like bags or glasses. Though most rumors indicate that they'll use Ultra Wideband and augmented reality for item locating, their price, release date, and final design are still unclear.

That lack of clarity hasn't stopped Nomad from preparing for an eventual launch. Serial leaker Evan Blass on Thursday released two leaked concept renders of potential Nomad accessories for "AirTags."

Credit: Evan Blass
Credit: Evan Blass

One of those accessories is a small leather keychain designed to hold an "AirTag" and provide an attachment point. Another accessory is a strap for a pair of glasses that also features a tensioner that doubles as an "AirTag" holder.

Blass notes that because these accessories are on Nomad's 2021 roadmap, the company expects them to debut during the year.

Apple doesn't typically provide specifications or information to accessory makers, so product renders like these are based on rumors. That's evident in the fact that the leather keychain appears to be designed to house a square tracking tag, while the glasses strap has a circular housing.

"AirTags" are rumored to work like products such as Tile, but will feature deeper integration with Apple's ecosystem. They're likely to feature UWB capabilities and AR overlays for pinpoint location tracking indoors. Code found within versions of iOS suggest that they'll integrate with the Find My app.

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently forecast that "AirTags" would debut sometime in 2021, though he did not provide any more specific date.

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Update, Jan. 25, 2021: Spigen accidentally posted a keychain style "AirTags" case to its Amazon page on Monday. Spigen's sister brand, Cryrill, has also posted a preorder page for a similar "AirTags" accessory.