Well, people within the Apple ecosystem are aware of the Find My app for easily finding their lost items. Now, Apple has planned to extend the functionalities of the app to other companies as well. However, the app has been now updated which permits the third-party products to make use of the finding capabilities of Apple’s Find My Network.
As per an official post on Apple’s Newsroom, the Find My Network accessory program is wide open up the Find My network to third-party device manufacturers for building products utilizing the service. However, the consumers can make effective use of the Find My app for locating and keeping track of certain important items.
How does it work?
Well, Find My app makes complete utilization of the Apple device’s Bluetooth signals which might create a network of the devices that are searching for lost items. By simply putting, it is a crowdsourced network of Apple devices that makes use of the Bluetooth wireless technology for detecting missing devices or items nearby and also reports their approximate location back to the owner. However, Apple maintains the whole process encrypted and anonymous, thus, no one else not even Apple or the third-party manufacturer can detect the device’s location or info.
Well, if the Apple user ever loses his devices then Find My app will permit him to locate it on the map and will play a sound to pinpoint its location. However, you can put it in the Lost Mode to lock it immediately and display a message with the contact number. It will also permit the remotely erase the device which may fall in the wrong hands.
Who is allowed to use this technology?
Apple explained that the companies who are making utilization of the technology can easily sign up to the participate in Made for iPhone (MFi) program which is designed for any kind of accessory developer by looking to connect an existing to all the privacy protections of the Find My network.
“Third-party products must adhere to all the privacy protections of the Find My network that Apple customers rely on.” Apple mentioned in the media release that the approved product can be added to the new Items tab and will also feature a “Works with Apple Find My” badge which will clearly communicate to the users that the product is compatible with the Find MY network and the Find my app.
This new product has now already become a part of the program that involves Belkin’s truly wireless earbuds.