Apple’s Find My app now supports searching for third-party devices

Apple's Find My app now supports searching for third-party devices

Apple has introduced an updated Find My app. It will now be possible to locate third-party products. The Locator Network Accessory Accessory program allows third-party manufacturers to create products compatible with the app so that users can keep track of their valuables in it. New Locator compatible products from Belkin, Chipolo and VanMoof will be available starting next week.

The Find My Accessory Accessory Program is part of the Made for iPhone (MFi) program and will allow any accessory designer to add Find Find Network connectivity to their products. Third-party devices will have to meet the same stringent privacy requirements as Apple devices. Approved products can be added in the app under the new Items tab. In the store, they will be marked with the Works with Apple Find My icon (Works with Apple’s Find My app) so that customers can see immediately that the product is supported by Locator and can be located using a global network of devices.

Apple also said it will publish a preliminary specification for chipset manufacturers later this spring. By accessing this document, third-party device designers will be able to take advantage of ultra-wideband technology in devices equipped with the U1 chip. This will allow you to determine the location of nearby devices even more accurately.

Newest e-bikes will be the first third-party accessories to support Find My VanMoof S3 and X3, wireless headphones Belkin SOUNDFORM Freedom True Wireless and tracker key fobs Chipolo ONE Spot. With new features, users will be able to quickly find a parked bike, headphones in the gym, a backpack left somewhere, and other things. Products and accessories with support for the Locator application from other manufacturers will also be available soon.

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Find Find on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac makes it easy to locate your Apple devices and find out where your friends and family are. At the same time, personal data is always reliably protected. If the user loses his Apple device, Find Lat will help to find it on the map, remotely turn on the sound signal on it, switch it to lost mode for immediate locking, or display a message and phone number for communication on the lock screen. And if there is a risk that the device has fallen into the wrong hands, you can remotely erase all information from it.

Now the Locator network will be able to help you find your device, even if it doesn’t connect to the Internet. This network is made up of hundreds of millions of Apple devices that use Bluetooth wireless technology to find lost devices and nearby items. Information about the approximate location of the lost device is transferred to the owner. This information is transmitted anonymously and is all end-to-end encrypted so that no one, including Apple and third parties, will be able to view the device or its location.