One of the features of iOS is Siri Shortcuts. For non-iOS users, Siri Shortcuts offers a way for iOS users to automate their mobile devices. It can be programmed to do certain things after an event has been triggered, for example putting your iPhone on low battery mode once it hits a certain percent.
Now it seems that Siri Shortcuts and the AirTags have a pretty cool synergy that you could be interested in checking out. According to a report from iCulture, it has been discovered that the AirTags can be used as an NFC trigger for Shortcuts. This means that when an AirTag is tapped by an iPhone, it can be used to trigger an event.
For example, there might be certain tasks that you’d rather not automate and instead of automating it, you can use the AirTag to trigger the event like a switch. This might be useful if you’ve equipped your home with HomeKit compatible smart appliances, so tapping an AirTag could trigger multiple devices at once.
We’re not sure if this was Apple’s intention for the AirTag. The use of NFC was meant to help someone who found an AirTag to pull up contact information about the owner, but hey, if it can be used for more than just that, why not?