Apple just announced in a press release The new Search network that is compatible with third-party accessories, and the first manufacturers have already announced their compatible devices for next week.
The Search application has been helping to recover lost iPhones for years, and little by little it has been acquiring new functionalities and compatible devices, but always within the Apple ecosystem. Now with the new third-party accessories the potential of this Search network is multiplied.
For more than a decade, our customers have relied on Find My to locate their lost or stolen Apple devices, all while protecting their privacy. We are now bringing the powerful search capabilities of Find My, one of our most popular services, to more people with the Find My network accessories program. We are delighted to see how Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof are using this technology, and we can't wait to see what other partners create.
This new program for third-party manufacturers will be part of "Made for iPhone" (MFi). All products must comply with each and every one of Apple's security measures and their privacy conditions. These MFi certified articles can be added from the "Objects" tab. and they will have the badge that certifies their compatibility. These devices will be able to make use of Apple's U1 chip, so that the location within the Search application is more precise.
The latest S3 and X3 electric bikes from VanMoof, the SOUNDFORM Freedom True wireless headphones from Belkin and the article finder Chipolo ONE Spot will be the first devices to support this new third-party Search network. Apple has confirmed that there will be new manufacturers that will join the Search network. This network will be made up of millions of Apple devices that anonymously and collaboratively will help locate these compatible devices, even if the iPhone of the design is miles away. The privacy of this system is guaranteed by end-to-end encryption, so that neither Apple nor the manufacturer will be able to know the location of the devices.