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. Read more…