Find My app gets 'Items' tab for gadget tracking in iOS 14.5 beta 3

Find My app gets ‘Items’ tab for gadget tracking in iOS 14.5 beta 3


Items in the Find My app
AirTags to follow?
Screenshots: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple’s newest iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 betas add a new “Items” tab to the built-in Find My app that allows users to tracks Beats headphones, luggage and other third-party gadgets.

The tab is also expected to be home to Apple’s long-rumored “AirTags” trackers … when they finally appear.

The new Items tab leaked out before in earlier beta versions of iOS 14. However, it clearly wasn’t meant for public eyes then. This time, it seems Apple is finally preparing to make the feature available in iOS 14.5.

A number of non-Apple-branded products that ship with Find My support, including Beats headphones and some upcoming earbuds from Belkin, can be added to the app. And, of course, that’s not all.

‘Items’ appears in Find My app in iOS 14.5

“Add non-Apple products to Find My,” reads the “What’s New in Find My” page that appears when users open the app for the first time in the latest iOS 14.5 beta. “Locate your backpack, luggage, headphones, and other items.”

The Items tab that was previously hidden in earlier iOS 14 betas — accessible only via a Safari URL trick — is now available. And from there, you can tap the “Add Item” button to pair supported accessories.

Apple obviously doesn’t mention it, but that same tab likely will let consumers manage the company’s upcoming AirTags trackers. The new product might make their official debut during a rumored keynote on March 16.

It’s likely, then, that iOS 14.5’s public rollout will coincide with that event. However, Apple has not yet made that event official.


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