Apple updated the Find My app today, finally allowing third-party products to use Apple’s Find My network. This secure and private network is made up of hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Device manufacturers can now build products that utilize the service, and customers can use the Find My app on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to locate lost or misplaced items.
“For more than a decade, our customers have relied on Find My to locate their missing or stolen Apple devices, all while protecting their privacy,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Now we’re bringing the powerful finding capabilities of Find My, one of our most popular services, to more people with the Find My network accessory program.”
Find My Products
Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof are all reportedly releasing products with the new Find My technology early next week.
VanMoof’s newest e-bikes, Belkin’s SOUNDFORM Earbuds, and the Chipolo ONE Spot item finder are the first accessories from third-party manufacturers that work with Find My. Lost your wheels? Leave your earbuds in the car? Can’t remember where you left your gym bag or keys? Now you’re covered.
Global Finding Network all in One App
Many people are familiar with the Find My app. Usually it’s because they lost their iPhone and wanted to put it in Lock Mode. This allows you to display a message with an alternate contact number for someone to reach you and (hopefully) give your phone back.
But how does it work?
“The Find My network extends these capabilities by locating missing devices even if they can’t or don’t connect to the internet. The Find My network is a crowdsourced network of hundreds of millions of Apple devices that use Bluetooth wireless technology to detect missing devices or items nearby, and report their approximate location back to the owner. The entire process is end-to-end encrypted and anonymous, so no one else, not even Apple or the third-party manufacturer, can view a device’s location or information.”
So, what are your thoughts? What products would you like to see on the market that can be located at a moment’s notice? Let us know in the comment section below!