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Apple AirTag Experiment Drills Into It To Make A Keyring Hole—But Should You?
By Mikelle Leow, 03 May 2021
Image via Jack Skeens / Shutterstock.com
Apple’s AirTag tracking device unsurprisingly has its own accessories—like a Hermès luggage tag—that are sold separately. Among them are a whole spectrum of keyrings designed to encase the tiny gadget, which means the AirTag doesn’t function as a keyring independently.
So, what if you’ve ordered an AirTag without an accessory to attach it to your belongings? How-to platform iFixit has an affordable but crazy idea: drill a small hole in it. And it actually works; but if your hands are less nimble than these experts, maybe don’t do it.
The website’s teardown report of the AirTag proved the tracking gadget to be impressive. It is considerably more compact than rivals Tile and Samsung’s SmartTag+, but the drawback of this minimalism is that there’s nowhere for a keyring hole.
iFixit learned, in the only way to do it, that you could carefully pierce a keyring hole into the AirTag with a 1/16”-inch drill—but this is highly discouraged and only somewhat alright “if you can hold a drill steady.”
This is because, due to its teeny size, much of the AirTag’s body is made up of its internal components, so there’s a great risk in hurting them in the process.
Also, as SlashGear points out, drilling a hole into the AirTag would void any warranty you hold with the tracking accessory, and as such, the DIY project might not be as economical in the long run. That additional US$39 for a leather loop could actually be worth it.
[via SlashGear, cover image via Jack Skeens / Shutterstock.com]
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