But rather than put them on my precious items, I wanted to test to see just how good they were. I documented a couple of tests here and here. One of my AirTags is chilling in a small Scottish village where I'm testing its weather durability (I'll pick it up on my way back home, if I remember), and the other one… well, that one got lost.
The AirTag was gone. I thought the story would end there, but it doesn't.
I was convinced that the AirTag would not survive the blades and whirly things involved with cutting grass. However, about 20 minutes after I discovered that it was gone, I got a notification that it was seen in a nearby town (I'd switched on notifications for it).
The location suggested that it was detected on a road, so I assumed that it was in a vehicle, and that the vehicle had driven past someone with an iPhone that was quietly looking for AirTags. I did a drive-by of the area, but it wasn't there.
Now, first off, I'm impressed by the durability of AirTags. Roadside grass cutting is not a subtle thing, but the tag survived.
The other day, while I was writing up a piece about AirTag firmware updates, I noticed that my AirTag had pinged its location again. This was almost three weeks after it went missing.
Oh, maybe I could go pick it up.
Then I realized it was some 175 miles away.
Well, I was up for a small road trip.
Then I saw where it was.
It was on the outskirts of the Scottish town of Wick. At a landfill and recycling site.
Well, no getting it back from there then.
If I get any more pings from it, I'll update this story, but I am fascinated by the fact that it managed to ping its location again. The locations seemed very precise and looked like it was in a truck at the unloading area.
Someone with an iPhone must have been nearby.
If nothing else, it's closure on my AirTag. Sorry lil buddy, I didn't mean to lose you.