Memo to app makers, steer clear of Apple’s turf.
Just two weeks after not-so-quietly removing the Finder for AirPods app, which helped nervous AirPod owners locate their misplaced Bluetooth audio devices, Apple announced its own official Find My AirPods utility inside the already familiar Find My iPhone app.
The fact that Apple is making this app is significant, because it’s the first time Apple’s willing to freely admit that someone might actually misplace one of the just-released $159 wireless earbuds.
Delivered as part of OS 10.3 beta that started rolling out to developers on Tuesday, Find My AirPods, works similarly to the dearly departed third-party app. It relies on Bluetooth signals to help find your AirPods. However, since Apple can access the custom W11 Bluetooth chip it built, its solution goes further.
The app uses the AirPod’s native ability to automatically connect to all devices using the same iCloud account to locate your AirPod even if it isn’t near you. It just has to be within Bluetooth range (3-to-5 meters) of your iCloud-connected iPad, iPhone or Mac and Find My AirPod can locate it. The utility will then, through the Find My iPhone app, show you the location of that other device.
AirPods that are near a device but still out of view, perhaps one slipped between your couch cushions, can still be found. Apple figured out how to make the AirPods produce an audible chirp. I really wish they cried out “Help me!” instead.
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SOURCE: Mashable, Lance Ulanoff