Apple opens Find My Network to third party
With the "Where is?" App, Apple users can now also find items such as certain third-party bicycles on a map. Until now, the network was reserved for Apple devices. However, initially only products from three additional manufacturers are compatible with the function.
These three manufacturers are Belkin, Chipolo and VanMoof. Apple writes in a press release . Compatible products must comply with the data protection guidelines of the network and are marked with a "Works with Apple Find my" symbol. In the future, third-party providers will also be able to access the ultra-broadband technology of the U1 chip in newer Apple devices, which is used for precise location determination in the immediate vicinity.
Initially for products from VanMoof, Belkin and Chipolo
The first third-party products for the "Where is?" Network are the new S3 and X3 e-bikes from VanMoof, the True Wireless In-Ears called Soundform Freedom from Belkin and the One Spot article finder from Chipolo. The One Spot is a Bluetooth chip that can be attached to keys, luggage, backpacks and other objects. If a missing item is nearby, users can play a sound on the item to find it. They can also remotely create a message with contact details for those who find a lost item.
"Where is?" also works without internet
The Where is? Network can locate missing devices and objects even when they are not connected to the Internet. For this purpose, the Apple devices are used by all possible users who use Bluetooth to locate the lost objects. Thanks to end-to-end encryption, nobody but the owner can see the information about the location of a device.