iOS 15.2 Beta Lets You Scan AirTags and More

Apple released the beta version of iOS 15.2 on Tuesday, adding new security enhancements to the Find My app. With the update, Apple has added several new features for users to try out. The Find My app received a major update in the iOS 15.2 beta, including the option to search for AirTags and other Find My-enabled items that can track them.

According to MacRumors, users will be able to open the Find My app in iOS 15.2 beta and select the ‘Items’ tab. They can then choose the ‘Items that can track me’ option to find any unknown items around them that can be used to track them. When enabled, the Unknown Items feature will look for anything nearby and alert you to anything it finds. Apple provides instructions to disable these devices so they can no longer be used for tracking purposes without your permission. 

The update also brings an updated option to help users find lost items as well. This is the same as the previous selection of ‘Identify Found Item’ and will scan nearby devices. Once digitized, the app may offer instructions to help you contact the owner of the item so it can be returned. Apple will also allow users to offer personalized instructions on their devices.

These new features are part of Apple’s move to provide security measures against using AirTags and other Find My devices for malicious purposes such as stalking. AirTags are designed to play a sound within eight to 24 hours of being separated from their owner, and Apple will now alert iPhone owners if an AirTag is near them. Apple is working on an app for Android phones that will detect unknown AirTags or other Find My devices.

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