Apple just announced the launch of its Find My network accessory program, that is aimed at letting third-party Bluetooth devices to be tracked in the Find My app alongside Apple devices. Apple also announced the first accessory companies that are part of the new Find My integration, including Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof.
VanMoof's newest S3 and X3 e-bikes will provide support for Find My, as well as Belkin's Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds and the Chipolo ONE Spot item finder. Other third-party manufacturers will offer Find My-enabled devices soon, according to Apple. Since Apple’s rules around the Find My Network accessory program devices are strict, all third-party products are expected to adhere to the privacy protections of the Find My Network.
Bob Borchers, Apple's VP of Worldwide Product Marketing spoke about the Find My program, saying that “for more than a decade, customers have relied on Find My to locate their missing or stolen Apple devices, all while protecting their privacy.” He added that Apple is bringing “the powerful finding capabilities of Find My to more people with the Find My network accessory program.”
“We're thrilled to see how Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof are utilizing this technology, and can't wait to see what other partners create," said Bob.
In the “items” tab in the Find My app, you will be able to find all the products that are part of Find My. A "Works with Apple Find My" badge will also be displayed next to these products.
You will also be able to track Find My devices on maps and can locate a lost device by playing a sound. The option of a “lost mode” will be available as well, where you can add items to lock them to your Apple ID, so that no one can pair to them. You can also link your phone number with your items, so in case your item is found by someone, you can get notifications about its location.