An upcoming update broadens the function of Apple’s “Find My” app – currently used only to locate Apple’s own devices, such as other iPads or AirPods – so that it can be used to locate “non-Apple products.”
Apple seems much closer to the launch of the long-awaited AirTags which which will be able to track hardware, devices, vehicles – you name it.
Other companies such as Apple-owned Beats and even Belkin have allowed their products to be found by the app, meaning that people should more easily be able to locate their missing headphones.
But the feature is probably also a preview of Apple’s long rumoured “AirTags”, which are said to be small pucks or stickers that can be attached to any item so that it can be tracked by the iPhone.
The feature makes reference to a host of non-smart items – it says that it can be used to find a “backpack, luggage […] or other items” and includes pictures of keys and a bike – which can presumably be made to communicate using the iPhone using the AirTags.
The feature is enabled in the iOS 14.5 beta that was recently pushed out to developers, and first reported by MacRumors.
MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully this means that AirTags are finally imminent!