Apple had previously restricted its Find My feature to only locate Apple-made devices, partially out of security and privacy concerns: it works by tapping into the network of existing iPhones and other Apple products out in the wild. But the company is opening it up to third-party accessories, including Tile-like trackers, reigniting the possibility of the Tile-like Apple AirTags.
It’s interesting that Apple is opening up its Find My network to third-party accessories that include these ‘item tracker’ fob-style devices before launching its own products, but perhaps the company wants wider adoption of the network (and quite simply more devices to expand the reach of its web) before it introduces another niche-dominating first-party product. We’ll have to wait and see when (or if) Apple finally reveals its long-rumored AirTags.
It’s the tech that initially tipped folks off to the AirTags: code snippets in iOS 13 and iOS 14 that pointed to accessories that would harness the U1 chips in the newer iPhones that would use Ultra Wideband tech to find whichever device you’ve clipped an AirTag to.
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