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Apple today announced the launch of its Find My network accessory program, which is designed to allow third-party Bluetooth devices to be tracked in the Find My app right alongside your Apple devices.

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According to Apple, the first accessory companies to take advantage of the new Find My integration include Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof, with devices set to be available beginning next week.

VanMoof's newest S3 and X3 e-bikes will integrate with Find My, as will Belkin's Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds and the Chipolo ONE Spot item finder. Apple says that additional third-party manufacturers will offer Find My-enabled products and accessories soon.
"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."
Apple has a strict set of rules for devices that are part of the Find My Network accessory program, and all third-party products must adhere to all of the privacy protections of the Find My Network.

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Participating Find My products will be able to be found in the "Items" tab and will have a "Works with Apple Find My" badge. You will be able to see Find My accessories in the Find My app under the Items tab, where they can be tracked like Apple products. Third-party accessories can be added to the Find My app on devices running iOS 14.3 and later or macOS Big Sur 11.1 and later.

Find My accessories will be able to be tracked on a map and there will be an option to play a sound to locate a lost device. Items can be put into a Lost Mode, which locks them to an Apple ID and prevents another person from pairing to it. Items can be associated with a phone number and message in case someone finds it, and users can get notifications when an item's location becomes available.

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Third-party Find My devices will be able to take advantage of the Find My network that uses crowdsourced data from millions of Apple devices to detect missing devices or items and report an approximate location back to the owner.

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Apple today also announced a draft specification for chipset manufacturers that will be released later in the spring. It will allow third-party device manufacturers to take advantage of the Ultra Wideband technology in U1-equipped Apple devices, such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 lineups. U1 integration will allow for a more precise, directionally aware item location experience.

Article Link: Apple Announces Find My Network With Support for Third-Party Devices
 
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Lemon Olive

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Seems like a missed opportunity to announce Airtags, unless they want to promote the other companies using their system first as a demonstration that they aren't really eating Tile's lunch. I wonder if Tile will step up to the plate and integrate with this?
AirTags could easily be an in-house product developed specifically for testing/developing this Find My Network.
 
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Looks good, looking forward to putting some Airtags hidden into my backpack and car.
Yet another reason to stay in the Apple ecosystem.
 
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ipedro

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I’ve long been getting the sense that AirTags wasn’t a product but instead a technology like AirPrint and AirPlay that third party manufacturers could integrate into their products.

With built in Find My capability, I don’t see much of a market for Apple to introduce its own. Apple is already highlighting the Chipolo key finder, identical to what an AirTag was rumoured to be. What will an Apple AirTag do differently?

I’m guessing Apple saw the potential Tile lawsuit and didn’t think it was worth piling on another example of monopoly that can aide in making an antitrust case against them, and decided it wasn’t worth the meagre revenue from $30-$50 tags.
 
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Apple today announced the launch of its Find My network accessory program, which is designed to allow third-party Bluetooth devices to be tracked in the Find My app right alongside your Apple devices.

apple-find-my-network.jpg

According to Apple, the first accessory companies to take advantage of the new Find My integration include Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof, with devices set to be available beginning next week.

VanMoof's newest S3 and X3 e-bikes will integrate with Find My, as will Belkin's Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds and the Chipolo ONE Spot item finder. Apple says that additional third-party manufacturers will offer Find My-enabled products and accessories soon.Apple has a strict set of rules for devices that are part of the Find My Network accessory program, and all third-party products must adhere to all of the privacy protections of the Find My Network.

find-my-app-items-tab.jpg

Participating Find My products will be able to be found in the "Items" tab and will have a "Works with Apple Find My" badge. You will be able to see Find My accessories in the Find My app under the Items tab, where they can be tracked like Apple products. Third-party accessories can be added to the Find My app on devices running iOS 14.3 and later or macOS Big Sur 11.1 and later.

Find My accessories will be able to be tracked on a map and there will be an option to play a sound to locate a lost device. Items can be put into a Lost Mode, which locks them to an Apple ID and prevents another person from pairing to it. Items can be associated with a phone number and message in case someone finds it, and users can get notifications when an item's location becomes available.

find-my-lost-mode.jpg

Third-party Find My devices will be able to take advantage of the Find My network that uses crowdsourced data from millions of Apple devices to detect missing devices or items and report an approximate location back to the owner.

works-with-apple-find-my.jpg

Apple today also announced a draft specification for chipset manufacturers that will be released later in the spring. It will allow third-party device manufacturers to take advantage of the Ultra Wideband technology in U1-equipped Apple devices, such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 lineups. U1 integration will allow for a more precise, directionally aware item location experience.

Article Link: Apple Announces Find My Network With Support for Third-Party Devices
Sounds like a google wifi/network copy.
 
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JosephAW

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At first I thought Apple was providing software to use a vpn tunnel to your home network.

Why do I have a bad feeling about this new feature that it will be hacked and abused in the future. :rolleyes:
 
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HacKage

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This could be a game changer. The ability for 3rd party products to be able to be blocked from pairing with a new device that's marked as "lost" will hopefully have far more people reunited with their lost belongings.

The fact that there will be tens of millions of iPhones or other Apple devices out there quietly transmitting the location of any lost item is a massive plus point.

I do wonder if it would be possible for Apple to implement the U1 to act as a beacon even when a device is switched off or has a "dead" battery? The power requirements for ultra wideband transmission are unbelievably low, and a device that has a battery that is "dead" will still have enough charge in it to transmit the location even every 1, 10 or 60 minutes.

A CR2032 battery has around 235mAh, and in most trackers that utilise that cell gives around 1 year of battery life at a once every 10 seconds refresh rate. What if increasing this refresh rate to once every 1000 seconds (around 15 minutes) on a "dead" device, would that roughly equate to 1 years worth of transmissions for around 25mAh battery, something that almost all mobile phone batteries will have available even when "dead"?
 
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javanate

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Airtag announcement probably coming, this makes the keynote nice and smooth. "Our Airtags intergrate perfectly with the Find My app we announced this month" and you don't have to explain all that because it's already been out.
 
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icanhazapple

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Humble beginning for a huge thing.

Exactly. This part -

"Third-party Find My devices will be able to take advantage of the Find My network that uses crowdsourced data from millions of Apple devices to detect missing devices or items and report an approximate location back to the owner."

Is absolutely massive, and was Tile's Achilles heel. Apple has solved this problem and has reduced the tracking hardware products to a commodity. The value is in the platform/software being integrated into this Billion+ Apple device distributed tracking network.
 
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