In a blog post Thursday (February 10), the tech giant announced the changes –– made in collaboration with safety advocates and law enforcement agencies.
The company will specifically address the issue by updating the AirTag device, equipping it with more warnings sooner if the Bluetooth tracker is being used. It currently can take hours before the AirTag notifies someone that the device has been separated from the owner.
The updated technology will also include a louder tone so it’s easier to find and allow someone to use see its distance and direction using the finding tool, CNN Business reported.
During the setup process, Apple will warn users that using the small device to track people is a crime.
“We’ve become aware that individuals can receive unwanted tracking alerts for benign reasons such as when borrowing someone’s keys when an AirTag is attached, or when traveling in a car with a family member’s AirPods left inside,” the company said in a statement. “We have also seen reports of bad actors attempting to misuse AirTags for malicious or criminal purposes.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products,” the company added.
On social media, several users shared stories about discovering AirTags and other brands of small tracking devices on their vehicles. One young woman in Dallas, Abigail Saldana, was fatally shot two weeks after discovering a tracking device on her car.