Last June, Apple announced to developers it would soon let third-party products support its Find My app, as part of the new Find My network accessory program.
Now, it appears Apple may be one step closer to debuting the Find My network accessory program, as the App Store now has a test app for third-parties to test their accessories with the Find My network.
Last summer, here’s how Apple explained the new Find My network program:
Find My will add support for finding third-party products and accessories with the new Find My network accessory program. This will allow customers to use the Find My app to locate other important items in their lives, in addition to their Apple devices. User privacy remains central to the Find My network with end-to-end encryption built in. A draft specification is available for accessory makers and product manufacturers starting today.
The new app lets accessory makers test the “discovery, connection and other key requirements” of their products, as part of Apple’s Find My network.
Apple also has plans to launch its own device trackers nicknamed ‘AirTags’, expected to debut at some point in the future, which will similarly leverage the Find My app.