Apple’s Find My app just got a lot more useful. While it’s great for locating a lost or stolen iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, Mac, and AirPods, as well as anything associated with an AirTag tracker, it’s now even better that it works with accessories and gear from third parties.
It’s a big deal because you could combine all of your traceable Bluetooth accessories into one location-snooping app that’s private and secure. It also opens up third-party manufacturers to Apple’s newer crowdsourced Find My network, which uses other people’s Apple products to help you find missing items. “Offline Finding”
The Find My network is huge and operates worldwide, with “hundreds of millions of Apple devices” active, Apple said.
The Find My Network Accessories program is part of Apple’s Made for iPhone (MFi) program, and any third-party manufacturer can jump on board with new or existing products. Developers in the program can add a “Works with Apple Find My” badge to their products upon approval, signaling that it is Find My ready. And soon they will be able to use Ultra Wideband technology for more accurate device coordinates.
Apple is also announcing a draft specification for chipset manufacturers to be released later this spring. This allows third-party device manufacturers to take advantage of Ultra Wideband technology in Apple devices with U1, providing a more accurate, directional experience when they are nearby.
You can track third-party accessories and gear from the new “Items” tab in the Find My app, which first appeared in a beta update to iOS 14.5 but has since gone live on iOS 14.3 and later.
Option 1: VanMoof S3 & X3 E-Bikes
VanMoof’s S3 and X3 e-bike models, now on sale for $ 2,198 each, have been compatible with Find My since April 15. They already have built-in alarms and smart location tracking in the VanMoof app, but it’s nice to have everything consolidated into Find My so you can track locations from one place.
Option 2: Belkin Soundform Freedom True Wireless earbuds
Belkin comes with a new Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds that last all day, have dual microphones, use advanced noise canceling and give you deep bass with clear mids and highs. The charging case works with Find My by default, but won’t be released until sometime in June. These earbuds were first announced at CES 2011 early this year and are available for $ 99.99.
Option 3: Chipolo ONE Spot Item Finder
Apple’s own AirTags were released on April 30, but the company had already approved finding smart tags from a third-party manufacturer called Chipolo.
The new Chipolo ONE Spot is just like its current Chipolo ONE trackers, but it only works on the Find My network, so the Chipolo app is for whatever other tracking tags it creates. These trackers are good for finding your keys, backpack, purse, gym bag, jacket, luggage and other items that you can throw it in or tie to. The ONE Spot will be available for an undisclosed price sometime in June. Current ONE trackers cost $ 25 each (cheaper with multipacks), so it could be the same price.
Option 4: Beats Headphones
Yes, Apple owns Beats, so it’s no surprise Find My works with these accessories. And Beats headphones with the W1 or H1 chip may be supported. Apple’s site states that these certainly work:
But it is also possible that the Beats Solo3 Wireless, Beats Studio3 Wireless, Powerbeats and Powerbeats Pro models will work because they have the correct Bluetooth chips. Apple hasn’t mentioned support for other Beats models, but there’s only one way to find out if yours works: test it. As long as your Beats are connected to your iPhone and Find My is turned on, they should automatically appear in your list of items. If not, they are not supported.
Other third-party products that Find My
Right now those products are the only ones to have announced support for the Find My network, but there are sure to be many to come. One that may not work with Find My anytime soon is Tile, which has been overly critical of Apple opening Find My to third-party accessories and making its own unconfirmed AirTags trackers. As for others, only time will tell, but some guesses could be made by looking at developers already in the MFi program.
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