‘Find My’ now allows third-party accessory tracking.
As promised last year, Apple is finally enabling accessory tracking for third-party devices on its Find My app. The app was originally made as a way for you actively track the location of all your Apple device. Now, any hardware manufacturer can take advantage of Apple’s Find My network so that their accessories can be easily tracked on the app as long as it meets Apple’s accessory rules.
Companies such as Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMood have already announced accessories that support the Find My tracking network, with products available beginning next week. Companies interested to add support for Find My should apply through its MFi (Made for iPhone) program for approval. Once the product is approved, it will bear the ‘Works with Apple Find My’ badge placed on the packaging.
“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. We’re thrilled to see how Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof are utilizing this technology, and can’t wait to see what other partners create.”
Additionally, Apple has announced that a draft specification for chipset manufacturers will be released in the coming months that will enable third-party companies to utilize Ultra Wideband technology using the U1 chip present on recent Apple devices. Ultra Wideband technology allows for more precise locating capabilities, where the chip is directionally aware if an accessory is close by.
Some of the new third-party products that now support the Find My network include VanMoodf’s S3 and X3 e-bikes, Belkin’s Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds, and the Chipolo One Spot item finder.