01 November 2019
UPDATE (September 20th, 2019):
More details related to Apple's alleged item tracker device have emerged as MacRumors folks have found some new screenshots. These screenshots show a new Items tab within the Find My application. This tab shows a map view along with the location of items getting tracked with the device. The most recent located location is shown on the map using a Blue-colored dot. The second screenshot shows the item tracking setup interface where Apple's device is referred to as B389. This is likely to be a codename or model name for the device and it should have a different commercial name.
Original (September 3rd, 2019)
Apple is hosting an event on September 10 event and while the new iPhone models are going to have all the spotlight above them, there are a few features as well that may steal a bit of new iPhone’s thunder. The new feature in question is baked right inside the iOS 13 and it could be announced at the event. MacRumors has managed to get some insights on it via the internal code of the iOS 13 and is sharing the details with everyone.
According to the findings, Apple is appeared to be working on a Tile-like competitor so that you would not lose your tiny yet important things. Those who aren’t familiar with the Tile accessory should know that it helps in keeping track of your small items. Belongings like keys and wallets go easily out of sight and eventually lost even if they are under our vicinity. So, here Tile, which is a Bluetooth tracker comes to rescue. The accessory alerts users when their items move out of their range.
Note that this isn’t the first encounter as the traces Apple developing a Tile-like accessory started to come back in April when it was spotted a new app codenamed “Green Torch” is currently being tested by engineers at the company and it could help in finding user’s devices. Later in June, a few references of Apple’s Tag device appeared in iOS 13.
Now, iOS 13 puts more substantial information to the table by showing an image of that alleged Tile-like tracker. According to MacRumors, the internal build contains an image of the accessory that suggests it will be a small, circular tag with an Apple logo right in the center. It is expected that this image could just be a mockup or placeholder and the final design may vary.
As we mentioned earlier, 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo was the first to reveal Apple’s plans for this product in April and he also shared the image as well. Now, the image which is spotted by MacRumors this time is no different. So, take it more like a corroboration because both the parties have a good track record of putting out the right information about unreleased products and services.
MacRumors further corroborates that the tags are codenamed “B389.” Furthermore, the tags will be closely integrated with the new Fund My apps in iOS 13, which merged Apple's previous Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps into one.
This time the additions of a few things reveal the working of the tracker. The internal build shows a new “Items” tab n the Find My app. This could apparently for tracking the location of personal belongings. Users may receive a notification once their tagged item goes out of sight. Users can tap a button so that Apple’s tag start making an audile chime sound to help locate the lost item. If users are unable to find an item, they can place the attached tag into a "Lost Mode."
Well, we aren’t too far from the event of Apple where we expect to see this feature getting detailed. So stay tuned to see what is in store for you.