Apple Pencil

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  1. Badrottie Suspended

    Badrottie

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    I don't know which to post on Mac Accessories OR iOS OR here.

    Anyway for the first time since few months ago I haven't touch my rMBP until today I decided to update MacOS and Apps then while downloading I was playing around iCloud website and Find My iPhone I can see all of my devices and I need to recharge my Apple Pencil then I realized Apple Pencil can be lost easily but how come Apple decided not to add it to Find My iPhone?
     
  2. stlredbird macrumors 6502

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    Bc it would have to have the ability to be connected to the internet, and stay conected, for that to work i assume. I know none of my devices show up unless online.
     
  3. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Not to mention have a GPS in it. WiFi could be used to get approximations, but for pinpoint accuracy, GPS would also be a requirement
     
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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  5. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    They don't locate the AirPods per se. They check how strong the Bluetooth signal is to the connected device and can play a sound to help you find them. You can't play a sound on the pencil, and finding them purely based on Bluetooth strength would be very bad at locating it based on accuracy and the fact you wouldn't be able to locate the pen if you're not connected to it by Bluetooth (though that goes for the AirPods too)
     
  6. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Be as pedantic as you like, the OP's question was about Find My iPhone, which is where you you can find your AirPods. Sound aside, whatever they do with AirPods they can do with the Pencil. Just knowing the last place that the Pencil was seen/heard could be a very useful feature.

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  7. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    You're right. I hadn't thought of the bluetooth thing, and it definitely would be possible. Though is would at the most give you a vague direction
     
  8. Alrescha, Jun 17, 2017
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    Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. But the iPad can (with a little help) know *exactly* where it was when it last saw its Pencil:

    Specifications:

    All models
    Digital compass
    Wi‑Fi
    iBeacon microlocation

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