Track your non-Apple belongings in the New Items tab in the My Find app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
Apple opened its Find My misplaced device app for third-party manufacturers so customers can find items that were not made by Apple itself.
Apple's Find My + third-party gadgets
All compatible third-party gadgets built into Find My are under a new Items tab in the Find My app. Apple has already activated the "Items" tab via a server-side change. So you can always start the app to check if you already have it.
From there, you can view the last known location of your non-Apple gadget on a map. Similar to Apple devices, compatible third-party products support the app's lost mode.
Apple explains how it works:
The new Items tab in Find My allows you to keep track of compatible products and third-party personal items using the Find My network, an encrypted, anonymous network of hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Devices on the Find My network use secure Bluetooth technology to detect your missing items nearby and report their approximate location back to you so you can find them.
Support for finding non-Apple products in Find My was first released in the iOS 14.3 beta. According to the announcement on Apple's website, some of the first non-Apple gadgets to feature Find My support include select VanMoof motorcycles, Belkin's new earbuds, and Chipolo's item trackers.
VanMoof will implement Find My support for its S3 and X3 e-bikes purchased from April 7th. Interestingly, Belkin was the first to hit the market with a Find My compatible product, Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds, which launched back in January.
Chipolo's small, circular One Spot object finder (pictured above) only supports the Find My network if it ships sometime in June this year.
You can register for the waiting list on the Chipolo website.
"Works with Apple Find My"
Apple states in a support document that all Find My compatible products under the company's Made for iOS (MFi) vendor certification program will have the "Works with Apple Find My" mark on its website or product packaging.
This feature requires an Apple ID account protected with two-factor authentication with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the latest version of iOS or iPadOS, or a Mac computer with the latest version of macOS. Your devices must also have Bluetooth turned on and location services turned on Settings> Privacy> Location Services.
How to add a compatible gadget to find My
To add a compatible third-party gadget to Find My, launch the app on your iOS device and follow the manufacturer's instructions to begin the connection process. Then switch to the app's "Items" tab and click the "Add New Item" option. Follow the on-screen instructions to give your item a custom name and register it with your Apple ID account.
"After you've successfully added your item, you can see it on the map, play a sound if it's nearby, activate Lost Mode, and be notified when it's found, depending on what features your item supports "notes Apple.
Apple opens its U1 chip to third parties
Apple has also announced a draft specification for accessory manufacturers who want to use Ultra Wideband technology in Apple products equipped with the U1 chip, such as the U1 chip. For example, the iPhone 11 and 12 series and the latest Apple Watch Series 6 models.
Using the U1 chip allows for a more precise, directional experience close by. Accessory manufacturers can get full details on the Apple Developers website.
The final specification will be released later this spring.
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