The mixed-record leaker Jon Prosser published a new video on the YouTube channel Front Page Tech today, supposedly design-accurate renderings of the long-awaited AirTags from Apple.
Apple was believed to be working on a tile-like bluetooth tracking device that could be attached to items like keys and wallets for tracking so users could find them right in the Find My app.
Prosser’s 3D renderings are apparently closely based on videos and images of “actual AirTags”. He claims not to have released the original videos to protect his supply chain sources.
There is no logo on the front of the device and all product information is engraved on the back on a polished silver metal disc. The end product is reportedly “just a bit bigger than a bottle cap”. The design is not far from the design that many conceptual artists envisioned.
The device does not have a built-in mounting system. According to Prosser, a “bunch of keys with a small leather pouch that you can simply put your AirTag in” is sold separately. BloombergMark Gurman has also said in the past that “AirTags” will be available with a small leather case.
Prosser went on to say that the ultra-wideband U1 chip will facilitate much of AirTag functionality and will “become most, if not all of their products in the future,” with the apparently plan is to manufacture the U1 chip. Part of their entire ecosystem. “The U1 chip premiered in iPhone 11 models last year, but aside from improving AirDrop, much of its benefits have yet to be realized.
Prosser said it was “likely” that AirTags will be introduced with the HomePod mini tomorrow. Both products are “technically operational” and “in relation to the production schedule they are ready and could possibly be announced”. Previous leaks indicate that “AirTags” are already in full production, so an announcement tomorrow does not seem to be ruled out. Prosser said he had no information about retail prices.
He also reiterated claims that the iPhone 12 and AirPods Studio won’t appear at Apple’s event tomorrow, with the focus instead on the Apple Watch Series 6, iPad Air 4 and iPad 8.
Last week Prosser released a bunch of pieces of information about Apple’s anticipated lower-cost Apple Watch, which is said to also arrive at Apple’s event tomorrow.
It’s worth noting that Prosser falsely claimed that new Apple Watch and iPad models would be announced in a press release on Tuesday last week, but on other occasions he has shared accurate information about Apple’s product release plans.
Prosser said he plans to do similar renders to showcase the AirPods Studio design in the near future.