Apple is expanding its Find My network to include third-party devices. Some of the first products that will take advantage of the tool include Belkins Soundform earphones and the Chipolo One Spot tracker, where they will be available early next week. Once these products begin to filter out in stores, a “Works with Apple Find My” label will tell you that they are compatible with the company’s software. You can add a device via the “Elements” tab in the app.
When you track a Find My Accessory, you can see it on the app’s map interface. There will also be an option to ask the device to play a sound so you can find it more easily. Additionally, a lost state allows you to lock a device to your Apple ID and prevent another person from pairing it with their account.
The company first announced that they were opening Find My to third-party producers back at WWDC 2020. In late 2020, came and went with Apple, which did not provide many updates on the expansion. Over the past weekend, the company announced Find My Certification Asst for the App Store. The software allows MFi (Made for iPhone) licensees to test their devices on the network and submit the data they collect to Apple for certification.
Apple also releases a draft specification that enables device markers to take advantage of Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology in the company̵