The California-based Cupertino giant, Apple has ultimately launched its long-awaited AirTag trackers newly which helps iPad, Mac, and iPhone users tracking down anything they are protected to.
However, there is a small issue with these AirTag trackers: these Tile-like devices don’t have a hole or key ring loop for attracting AirTag trackers with different objects. This problem is compelling purchasers to buy accessories. Another way to fix this issue is to drill a hole in these devices.
iFixit wrote on its website,
“After some reconnaissance inside our first AirTag, we grabbed a 1/16” drill bit and carefully punched a hole through the second tracker in our four-pack—after removing the battery, of course. We miraculously managed to avoid all chips, boards, and antennas, only drilling through plastic and glue. The best part? The AirTag survived the operation like a champ and works as if nothing happened.”
The AirTags comes with a price of $29 for one or $99 for four. However, in case you are one of those who want to attach them to some objects for example a key ring, you’ll have to purchase an accessory. However, there’s the Belkin Secure Holder with Strap for $12.95, or in case you have a lot of money to waste, the Apple AirTag Hermes travel tag costs a bargain $699—indeed.
Although it not an easy solution but the cheaper solution possibly is to make a hole yourself. iFixit shows one of its popular teardowns on an AirTag in which they discovered that a 3-volt CR2032 coin cell portable battery occupies most of the internal space. Apple’s device when compared to the Tile Mate and Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, which all open with finger-power only, the AirTag’s battery was the most difficult to take off.
Interestingly in one part of that teardown, the iFixit team proves that it is practicable to make a hole in Apple’s AitTag device and there will be no effect of this hole on the device’s tracking functions. They utilized a 1/16-inch drill bit and drilled through the plastic external cover, being cautious to evade any inner components.
However, it is highly recommended to remove the battery first if you have decided to make some DIY enhancement to your Apple AirTag trackers. Also, be conscious that this procedure is going to invalidate the warranty, obviously. Expect the IP67 competencies to be at risk as well. Perhaps purchasing an accessory is the most appropriate solution.