Apple's Find My AirPods Pro/Max won't launch with iOS 15

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What you need to know

  • The feature is coming "later this fall."
  • Was announced in June
  • SharePlay is also delayed in iOS 15

When iOS 15 launches later today, September 20, don't expect to see the new Find My AirPods Pro/Max feature launched. Announced with the rest of iOS 15 in June, the feature is still coming, but not until later this fall, according to a change made on Apple's website (opens in new tab).

With Find My AirPods Pro/Max, users can use the Find My network to approximate the missing AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. By doing so, you can activate a sound that plays when the devices are within Bluetooth range. Currently, there's a basic Find My AirPods feature built into iOS with limited features.

Apple hasn't announced when Find my AirPods Pro/Max would now launch. However, on its website, Cupertino says, "coming later this fall."

Find My AirPods Pro/Max isn't the only iOS 15/iPadOS 15 feature announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that's not launching on time. SharePlay, which allows users to watch and listen to content with others across Apple devices, is also delayed. It was a month ago a month ago when Apple said the feature would arrive "later this fall" on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

On iPad, Universal Control is missing on iPadOS 15, which also launches today. The feature lets you use your keyboard, mouse, and trackpad across Mac and tablets. On Mac, the feature requires macOS, which isn't launching today.

Apple has also announced the new ProRes feature on the recently announced iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max would launch with the smartphones this Friday, September 24. The feature offers high color fidelity and low compression when you record, edit, and deliver broadcast-ready content on the go. Apple says ProRes should arrive this fall.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.

4 Comments
  • Right now at launch iOS 15 is offering less new features and updates as most .X updates.
  • I’d rather the features delayed work as expected rather than ship and disappoint. It’s not ideal obviously but I’ll be okay having something more to look forward to.
  • One of Apple's most important assets is their usual penchant for holding off on a feature or product until it works. It's what keeps Apple's brand name among the gold standards. For example, no doubt Apple could have an EV or AR Glasses out if they wanted to. Plenty of companies would. Apple strives to do it right before releasing it. That doesn't mean mistakes aren't made but they make fewer than others.
  • "can't find this" -- kudos to the writer for coming up with that funny headline. Well done, I laughed.