Apple’s AirTag It might be the only game in town right now if you want a Find My based location tracker, but it won’t be long. In just two weeks, Chipolo will be opening pre-orders for its own One Spot tracker specially designed for the iPhone app.
But Chipolo wants everyone to know that you don’t need any additional equipment to attach their One Spot Tracker to everyday items like keys and zippers. In an email with the subject “Can you tell the difference?” Chipolo told potential buyers that the One Spot “clips right onto your keychain” with no accessories required.
The email doesn’t mention AirTag by name, but it’s clearly a direct reference to Apple’s tracker, which requires a separate loop or dongle to attach to anything. Apple’s current options range from $ 29 to $ 39. Cheaper Belkin owners arrive in June. As with iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands, there will likely be a home industry of inexpensive key rings in a short time, but there’s no denying that there is an additional cost associated with the AirTag.
Otherwise, the circular Chipolo One Spot is very similar to the AirTag, but there are some minor differences. For one thing, it’s only available in black, a stark contrast to Apple’s white-chrome finish, and the spot appears to be a bit larger and a bit thinner. Based on the specifications of the Chipolo One, it measures 1.49 inches by 0.25 inches thick, while Apple’s Tracker is 1.26 inches by 0.31 inches thick.
Chipolo hasn’t said how much his tracker will cost, but based on the price of his other trackers, we can assume that it will either cost as much as AirTag ($ 29 for one, $ 99 for four) or something Less. The Chipolo One, which appears to be the same size as the Chipolo One Spot, costs $ 25 while a four-pack costs $ 75. You can login to be notified when pre-orders for the One Spot are open here.
Michael Simon has been reporting on Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology dates back to his first PC – the IBM Thinkpad with the hub keyboard to swap out the drive. He’s still waiting for that to come back in style.