Apple helps Chipolo One Spot item tracker become a top AirTags rival

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Chipolo One Spot launches June 2021. Price is unknown.
The Chipolo One Spot boasts an advantage over every other Bluetooth item tracker.
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The upcoming Chipolo One Spot could rise to be a top Bluetooth item tracker. And if that happens, it’ll be with Apple’s help. The product will be one of the very first accessible through Apple’s Find My network, which means iPhone, Mac and iPad users can locate it without having to install any software from Chipolo.

The same is true of AirTags, Apple’s own much-rumored item tracker expected to be released soon.

Apple opens Find My network to third-party gadgets

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The iPhone Find My app just got a lot more open and useful.
The Find My application can finally be used to locate items not made by Apple. There’s a crop of them coming soon.
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The Find My application built into iOS and macOS finally opened up to device trackers made by other companies, not just Apple. Wednesday’s move allows iPhones, Macs and iPads to locate lost items produced by third-party accessory makers without needing to install additional software.

The first supported non-Apple products come from Belkin, Chipolo and VanMoof.

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

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Items in the Find My app
AirTags to follow?
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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.

Faster Apple TV could get ‘upgraded’ remote with Find My feature

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But it may not come until 2021.
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Apple’s next-generation Apple TV could debut with an “upgraded” remote and a Find My remote feature, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

The new set-top box is also expected to be faster than previous models “for improved gaming.” But sources familiar with its development say we may not get our hands on it until next year.

Apple leaks AirTags name in support video

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Oops! Whoever did this is getting fired.
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The official name of Apple’s Bluetooth tracking tiles leaked online on Thursday and Apple only has itself to blame.

Apple published a new iPhone support video on YouTube the educates customers on how to erase your iPhone that made reference to ‘AirTags’ that have been rumored to be coming down the product pipeline since last year.

iOS 14 leaks hint at new notification triggers, AR mode for Find My

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Find My could be better than ever in iOS 14.
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Fresh iOS 14 leaks that surfaced on Monday reveal Apple’s plans to bring new notification triggers and an augmented reality mode to the Find My app.

The improvements could give users the ability to get an alert when a contact doesn’t arrive at a specific location by a certain time. They could also make it easier to track down lost Macs and iOS devices.

Find My iPhone helps catch another smartphone thief

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Thief tried to sell stolen iPhone to a used phone shop.
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Police arrested an alleged iPhone thief after the device’s rightful owner used the Find My app to track down the missing handset.

A 21-year-old Madison, Wisconsin, resident left a bar on Sunday, only to notice that her debit card, driver’s license and iPhone X were missing, according to WKOW. When her card was used later, she visited the location of the purchase — and managed to get surveillance footage of the suspected thief.

Police used Find My app to track thieves as they carried stolen iPad between vehicles

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The incident took place in early February, although details are only being shared now.
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Apple’s “Find My” app was used by police in Australia to track two men from the air in a dramatic police chase, following an iPad stolen during a home invasion.

The Sydney Morning Herald notes that 29-year-old Vaatoa Chang and 36-year-old Jonas Montealegre carried the iPad with them as they switched stolen cars. The pursuit, which took place February 4, lasted for two hours.