Apple is expanding the Find My network to include third-party devices. Some of the first products that will benefit from the tool include Belkin’s Soundform earbuds and the Chipolo One Spot tracker, with those to be available early next week. When these products begin to filter out in stores, a “Works with Apple Find My” brand will tell you that they are compatible with the company’s software. You can add a device via the “Items” tab in the app.
When you track a Find My Accessory, you see it on the app’s map interface. It will also be an option to ask the device to play a sound so that you can find it more easily. In addition, a lost mode allows you to lock a device to your Apple ID and prevent another person from connecting it to their account.
The company first announced that it opened Find My to third-party manufacturers back at WWDC 2020. The end of 2020 came and went with Apple not providing many updates on the expansion. Over the past weekend, the company published Find My Certification Asst to the App Store. The software allows MFi (Made for iPhone) licensees to test their devices on the network and send the data they collect to Apple for certification.
Apple also publishes a draft specification that allows device markers to take advantage of Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology in the company̵