Apple has just rolled out an update for its Find My app, allowing third-party products to use the secure finding capabilities of Apple’s Find My network. Apple has opened the new program to all third-party device manufacturers to build products that can utilize the service.
Part of the Made for iPhone (MFi) Program, the Find My network accessory program is designed for any accessory developer looking to connect an existing or new product to the Find My network. Third-party products must adhere to all the privacy protections of the Find My network that Apple customers rely on.
Apple is also announcing a draft specification for chipset manufacturers that will be released later this spring.
“For more than a decade, our customers have relied on Find My to locate their missing or stolen Apple devices, all while protecting their privacy,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
“Now we’re bringing the powerful finding capabilities of Find My, one of our most popular services, to more people with the Find My network accessory program. We’re thrilled to see how Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof are utilizing this technology, and can’t wait to see what other partners create.”
The first third-party products that work with the Find My app from Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof will be available beginning next week.
Yesterday, it was reported Apple had launched a test app for Find My for licensees to test their devices, signalling an imminent launch of the new program, which we have today.