iFixit shows you can drill a key ring hole in an AirTag without breaking it

midian182

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In context: Apple’s long-rumored AirTag trackers finally arrived recently, helping iPhone, iPad, and Mac users track down anything they’re secured to. But there is a slight problem: the Tile-like devices lack a hole or key ring loop for attaching them to objects, forcing buyers to purchase accessories. Unless, that is, you drill a hole in one.

The AirTags are priced at $29 for one or $99 for four. If you want to attach them to something, such as a key ring, you’ll need to buy an accessory. There’s the Belkin Secure Holder with Strap for $12.95, or if money has no meaning to you, the Apple AirTag Hermes travel tag costs a bargain $699—really.

A cheaper, if not simpler, solution might be to add a hole yourself. iFixit performed one of its famous teardowns on an AirTag and found that a 3-volt CR2032 coin cell removable battery takes up most of the internal space. Comparing Apple’s device to the Tile Mate and Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, which all open using finger-power alone, the AirTag's battery was the hardest to remove.

An interesting part of the teardown was the team proving it’s possible to make a hole in an AirTag without breaking its tracking functions. They used a 1/16-inch drill bit and drilled through the plastic outer cover, being careful to avoid any internal components.

If you decide to make some DIY improvements to your AirTag, make sure to remove the battery first—and be aware that this process will void the warranty, naturally. Expect the IP67 capabilities to be compromised, too. Maybe buying an accessory is the better option.

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yRaz

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It is like instead of designing useful functionality into the device, Apple purposefully gimp their products to have more accessories. A keychain hole would have been so easy to integrate with slight change in current shape to a teardrop.
I was really surprised they DIDN'T include a keyhole. It seems like such and obvious thing to do that this has to be intentional. Even their competitors did it.
 

ypsylon

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It's not surprising. Excluding iPhone sales, accessories bring more to Apple than any other division (even AppStore). It's huge business world-wide worth unimaginable billions. Surely its nicer to sell 700$ keychain bag than just AirTag.

MFi certification that's the real Apple golden goose, milk cow and Midas touch rolled into one.
 

yfo866

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I wouldn't buy an Apple product, even if paid to do so!
I have mates who have iPhones and they're always moaning about having to buy this and that Apple app or accessory that I get for free with my Android phone
 

yRaz

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I wouldn't buy an Apple product, even if paid to do so!
I have mates who have iPhones and they're always moaning about having to buy this and that Apple app or accessory that I get for free with my Android phone
If I was paid to do so I would take the money then sell the apple product