With iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, Apple introduced an all-new Find My app that makes it easy to find your devices and friends. Back in April, 9to5Mac exclusively announced that Apple is also developing a personal tile-like tracking element that will also integrate with the Find My app. Read on as we round out everything we know about this device.
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What is a Tile?
For the unknown, Tile is a popular device for tracking third-party Bluetooth goods. It's a small square device that you attach to an item and from there you can easily track it through the Tile app on your iPhone.
For example, you can attach Tile Pro to your keys and use the app to find your keys if you replace them. You can also view map items, play audio through the tile itself, and more. Tracking elements of tiles have become incredibly popular over the last few years, so it makes sense for Apple to integrate such functionality directly into iOS.
In June, 9to5Mac reported for assets in iOS 13 that refer to the product type "Tag1,1." This type of asset package is used to pair the near devices, in the same way that AirPods and HomePods can be paired to a user's device.
Another asset found in iOS 13 beta 1 also gave us an idea of what Apple's tracking device might look like. As you can see in the image above, this is a circular device with an Apple logo in the center. It is probably a layout used for testing that was abandoned in the operating system but coincides with descriptions of the device given by people involved in its development.
Tracking tiles are squares, so if Apple decides to go round with its option, it would be one way to differentiate itself from the competition. Last week's report also suggested that Apple's item tracking item will have a replaceable battery.
The real selling point of an Apple product will be its integration with iOS. It is thought that you will be able to access the tracking elements through the Find My device on your iPhone, iPad or Mac. Once item tracking items are available, a new "Items" tab will appear in the Find My My app for all the things you choose to track.
The item tracking tool itself will be paired with a user's iCloud account near an iPhone, much like AirPods. Users will also be able to receive notifications when their iPhone is too far from the tag. For example, your iPhone might alert you if you move too far from your keys or wallet. Certain locations can be added to a list of ignored locations so that the item can be left in those locations without being notified.
You will also be able to place the Apple Item Tracker in Lost Mode – meaning the tag will store your contact information, allowing other Apple users to read that information. In such cases, you will be notified when your item is found.
In many ways, the Apple tracking element will work a lot like the new offline features of Find My. Apparently, Apple is trying to take advantage of Apple's vast array of active devices and use this to create a multinational network from which to track standalone elements.
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Ultimately, this means that you will be able to attach the Apple physical tracking device to any device – like your wallet, keys, backpack and more – and track this item through the Find My app on your iOS device and Mac.
Availability and Price
Availability and price remain largely unclear on Apple's item tracking tool. Given that iOS 13 has assets that are related to the accessory, it doesn't look like Apple will announce the item tracking tool at its event in September next week.
As for the price, Tile trackers can have for under $ 30. With people likely to buy a few, we would expect Apple to try to make its tracking items relatively affordable, but details are unknown at this time.
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