Trackers that are compatible with Apple’s “Where is?” network are currently available from discounters: Aldi Süd sells two Maginon Smart Tags for just under 30 euros, making the package cheaper than a single AirTag from Apple, the offer is also valid online. The Bluetooth trackers work just like AirTags: Other iPhones in the area transmit their location to Apple’s server, which the owner can then use to locate their tracker in the “Where is?” app preinstalled on iPhones, iPads and Macs.
Smart tags with hanging hole
Just like in AirTags, the Maginon Smart Tags contain a replaceable CR2032 button cell, which provides the power supply for around a year. In contrast to the Apple trackers, a hole is integrated in order to be able to attach the tracker directly to a keychain, for example. However, the smart tags lack ultra-broadband radio, so a centimeter-precise search at close range is not possible. A small loudspeaker is also integrated, according to the manufacturer it should deliver around 75 decibels.
With a unit price of 15 euros, the Maginon Smart Tags are not only cheaper than AirTags, but also most AirTag alternatives from other manufacturers. From the outside, they look practically identical to the – much more expensive – Rollei Smart Tags. According to the manufacturer, the Rollei tags are protected against dust and spray water (IP53), but Maginon does not specify a protection class. The instructions recommend avoiding contact with splashing and dripping water altogether. AirTags are IP67 rated and should withstand brief immersion in water (up to 1 meter deep).
Other cheap AirTag alternatives
Only the manufacturer Atuvos offers a similarly inexpensive double pack of key finders, which are also compatible with Apple’s “Where is?” network. These are often offered on Amazon for just under 30 euros.
“Where is?”-compatible trackers automatically integrate Apple’s anti-stalking precautions and should therefore draw attention to misuse. According to a new specification from Apple and Google, such warnings should work across manufacturers and operating systems in the future.
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