Apple today released an updated Find My app, allowing third-party products to use the private and secure search capabilities of Apple’s Find My network, which is made up of hundreds of millions of Apple devices. The Find My network accessory program will open up an extensive and global Find My network to third-party device manufacturers to build service-driven products so customers can use the Find My app to find and track life-critical items. New products that work with the Find My app from Belkin, Chipolo and VanMoof will be released next week.
“For over a decade, our customers have used Find My to locate lost or stolen Apple devices while also protecting their privacy,”; said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of global product marketing. We are now bringing the powerful search capabilities of Find My, one of our most popular services, to more people with network add-ons. We are thrilled to see how Belkin, Chipolo and VanMoof are using this technology and can’t wait to see what other partners are building. ”
Find my network accessories
Part of the Made for iPhone (MFi) program, the Find My network accessory program is designed for accessory developers wishing to connect their existing or new products to the Find My network. As per all the privacy protections of the Find My network trusted by Apple customers, the approved products can be added to a new tab and will be labeled. “Compatible with Apple Find My” to communicate clearly to users that the product is compatible with the Find My network and the Find My app.1
Apple also today announced a draft specification for the chipset maker to be released this spring. As a result, third-party device manufacturers will be able to take advantage of the ultra-wideband technology in the U1-equipped Apple devices, creating a more accurate direction-sensing experience when nearby.