KEY POINTS

  • Apple inadvertently confirmed the existence of its Tile-like trackers
  • The company made the mistake via a video it uploaded to YouTube
  • The video has since been taken down

Apple inadvertently confirmed the existence of its upcoming Tile-Like tracker called AirTags via a video uploaded to its Support Page on YouTube.

Apple might be known for its secrecy when it comes to details regarding upcoming devices, but it's not really perfect and can make some mistakes here and there. According to eagle-eyed folks at Appleosophy, the Cupertino tech giant made a mistake and revealed the existence of its unreleased Tile-like trackers called AirTags.

While the AirTags have been the subject of many reports in previous months, this is the first time that the device has been leaked by the company that makes it. According to Appleosophy, Apple recently uploaded to the Apple Support YouTube channel a video that specifically mentioned the upcoming device by name.

The video has since been deleted or made private after reports of the AirTags' existence spread online, but TechCrunch was able to grab a copy of that video before it was taken down. The video wasn't specifically about the Tile-like tracker, but it mentioned it anyway.

As per the two reports, the video is titled “How to erase your iPhone” and it provides users with step by step instructions on how to reset their iPhones to factory settings. The mention of the word “AirTags” can be found at the 1:43 mark beneath the option to enable Offline Finding. Here's how the video got to that point.

First, the video will provide users with instructions on how to erase their data straight from their iPhone. “AirTags” won't be mentioned here yet, so those who watch the video via TechCrunch should jump to the 1:15 mark.

Next, once the video hits that mark, it will provide instructions on how to erase data using a computer. It will tell users to launch Settings on their iPhones, tap on their name on top, tap on Find My, then tap on Find My iPhone. This is where AirTags will be mentioned.

As mentioned above, the term “AirTags” can be seen beneath Enable Offline Finding, which is beneath Find My iPhone. The blurb there says “Offline finding enables this device and AirTags to be found when not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular.”

Apple might not have announced the AirTags yet, but the video uploaded to its page does. Stay tuned for more details as they come.

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