One of the first things I noticed when I saw it Apple’s highly anticipated AirTags their surface, which reminds me of a giant, was polished M&M. Like real M & Ms, AirTags don’t have holes, which means you have to buy AirTag accessories to hang the device on your keys or on your bag. While Apple hasn’t put a key ring hole in the AirTags, you can apparently make your own without messing them up too much.
In their teardown of the AirTag published on Saturday, the people at iFixit decided to test whether it was possible to drill a key ring hole in the device, a noble service for those who don’t want to pay the extra money for accessories and are willing to risk destroying the thing. If this sounds like you, you need a 1/16 ”drill bit, according to iFixit.
Before using your drill is the first thing to do to do is remove the battery. The key lies in locating and successfully piercing one of the three notches that you can see clearly at iFixit, in the circuit board and antenna shield of the AirTag. The notches are made for the clips that hold the AirTag together. (Remember that although AirTag batteries can last over a year without recharging, they can be replaced by pulling the back of the unit).
iFixit notice that the location of the notches “roughly” matches that of the clips for the metal battery cover, which means they can serve as a guide. Now you want to drill through the notch, not the clip itself. But if you’re unlucky, this reportedly won’t kill your AirTag.
In case you are successful (and we hope you are, because who wants to throw money away), iFixit states that the AirTag should work “as if nothing had happened.” The device’s speaker, which it uses to emit a chime to help you locate the device if you lose it or to notify others that there is a lost AirTag nearby, was hardly affected.
However, there is a price to pay to save a few dollars. iFixiDon’t state that if you drill a hole in your AirTag, you shouldn’t expect it to remain waterproof and dustproof. Meanwhile, MacRumors points out that this will undoubtedly void Apple’s warranty.
Ultimately, those of you looking for your exercise must make a decision. Is it worth taking a risk if accessories are available for it? $ 12.95 or less? The waterproof thing worries me too, especially since I’ve had to open my door in the rain. Unfortunately, it is a choice each of us must make. May luck be on your side.