Apple officially opens up the Find My app to third-party accessories
What you need to know
- Apple has released an update to the Find My app.
- Compatible third-party products can now use Apple's Find My network.
- Belkin, VanMoof, and Chipolo will release the first compatible products.
Today, Apple introduced a major update to the Find My app (opens in new tab) that allows third-party products to integrate with Apple's Find My network. The update will allow accessory companies to make products that integrate with Find My and users track those products through the Find My app. According to the announcement, Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof will be releasing the first Find My-compatible products next week.
Bob Borchers, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, says that the company is thrilled to bring Find My, which has been available to Apple devices for years, to a ton of other products.
Products that are approved for the Find My network accessory program (which is part of the Made for iPhone (MFi) Program) will be added to the new Items tab in the Find My app and feature a "Works with Apple Find My" badge to inform users that the product is compatible. The company will also be releasing a draft specification for chipset manufacturers to take advantage of U1-equipped Apple devices for more precise locating.
The first products that will be compatible with Find My are an e-bike from VanMoof, Belkin's new wireless earbuds, and Chipolo's item finder (side-eye to Tile).
You can learn more about the announcement on the Apple Newsroom website (opens in new tab).
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