Apple officially opens Find My Tracking Network to third-party companies (as promised last year). Any hardware manufacturer can now add software support for Apple’s localized networks to track missing items – as long as they play by Apple’s Made for iPhone accessories rules ( MFi).
The first wave of items that can now be tracked from today include VanMoof’s S3 and X3 e-bikes, Belkin’s SoundForm Freedom True Wireless Earbuds, and the Chipolo One Spot tracking brand – all of which can now rely on Apple̵
Users will be able to add these devices to the updated Find My App as of today, and can track them through that app in the same way they will track any missing Apple product.
Apple says third-party devices that want to add support must search through the company’s MFi program for authorized accessories and “follow all the privacy of the Find My network that Apple customers trust.” Approved products will have a new “Works with Apple Find My” label to tell customers that they are compatible with Apple’s network.
In addition, Apple announced that it will offer a chipset specification for third-party hardware companies to integrate with the Ultra-Wideband systems in Apple’s newer phones for even more accurate tracking in the future. Apple has also long been rumored to be working on its own AirTags product, which will offer similar UWB-based tracking.