But it’s not an AirTag
Apple introduced an updated version of magsafe leather wallet Today with support for new colors and one additional feature: tracking in the Find My app. Apple’s location tracking service recently expanded with Airtags, and now the company is apparently working Some A version of the same functionality in its more low-tech accessories.
It may seem like the continuous tracking AirTag offers, but Apple’s description points to something simpler. The company writes that the wallet “supports Find My, so you can be notified of the last known location of your wallet if it is detached from your phone.” This is helpful, but probably not useful if someone takes your wallet after you’ve taken it apart.
Apple isn’t entirely clear why this is on its product page, but it’s possible that what’s actually happening is that your iPhone is just seeing if the MagSafe magnet is attached to your phone. With your iPhone already playing a short animation when you attach a MagSafe product, it wouldn’t be too hard to imagine marking the GPS location in Find My when the MagSafe accessory is disconnected.
There’s also an odd exception: In the fine print, Apple notes that the new Find My functionality isn’t supported on the clear case with MagSafe. The best guess here is that whatever unique ID your iPhone recognizes when you connect a MagSafe device may be blocked by Clear Case. Why but other MagSafe cases will prevent Apple from knowing when Wallet is disconnected is unclear. This doesn’t necessarily make the new wallet any less useful, but it does show that it has limitations that a normal wallet with an AirTag or Tile wouldn’t have inside.
ledge has reached out to Apple for clarification on how the new Find My functionality works, and what exactly is happening with the Clear Case. If we know more we will update.
The MagSafe iPhone Leather Wallet is now available for $59.