25 June 2020
Apple announced the new iOS 14 with a plethora of new features, including the ones that didn’t get a mention on stage. One such new addition is Find My network accessory program that brings support for finding third-party products and accessories. This is the newly added support to Find My app, which means Apple is opening up its Find My network to help locate the Bluetooth trackers of third-party companies as well.
Using the Find My app, users will not only be able to locate Apple devices but also other important items in their lives, these include products like Tile or other lost gadget trackers.
Apple also said that the compatible devices without internet connectivity will be able to sync to the network and become locatable when you open the Find My app.
The Find My app relies on a variety of signals, including internet connectivity, GPS as well as Bluetooth to locate your lost devices on a map. Presumably, Bluetooth connectivity comes into play when devices without an internet connection go lost.
Apple reassures that the Find My network has built-in end-to-end encryption.
Apple has drafted specifications for accessory makers and product manufacturers so that they could go through the necessaries required for the program to run.
It has long been rumored that Apple will soon compete with the likes of Tile by bringing some small competitors, like the much anticipated AirTags. But it’s unclear when Apple plans to announce it, though we expect it launch in September during iPhone 12 launch event.