Apple has finally allowed third-party products to take advantage of the Find My network, which includes hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Products that work with the Find My app include Belkin and Chipolo accessories and VanMoof bikes.
For now, the Find My feature will only work on two models from Vanmoof’s barn, but over time, more brands will join the service.
The e-bikes of the Dutch company S3 and X3 – ordered as of today – will be equipped to work with the Find My application.
Riders will add their bikes to the new Items tab in the Find My app. Through this new card, the tracked products can be found on the maps on the iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Lost or stolen products can be reproduced so that the sound helps to find the sound. Products can also be put in a lost way that allows the Find My network to help find them.
So if a lost S3 or X3 is found, someone can use the Find My app on any iPhone to identify it and take it to a website that will display the owner’s message and contact information.
Enabling “Notify when found” will notify the user when the Find My network has located the bike, and then specify that location on the map in the Find My app.
The Apple Find My network is anonymous and uses advanced encryption.
The new feature requires an iPhone with iOS 14.3 or later, an iPad with iPadOS 14.3 or later, or a Mac with Big Sur macOS 11.1 or later.
“For more than a decade, our customers have relied on Find My to find their missing or stolen Apple devices, while protecting their privacy,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing.
“We are now bringing powerful opportunities to find the Find My feature, one of our most popular services, to a larger number of people using the Find My network accessory program,” he added.
Technical reporter Glenn Fleishman revealed in July last year that Apple would open its Find My service to independent accessory manufacturers.