Description of E-bike, Headphones, Keys: You Can Now Enjoy Everything With Mobile Phone Apps
Good news for everyone who likes to misplace things. Apple has announced that users with the "Where is?" In future, not only will be able to locate iPhone & Co., but also certified accessories from third-party providers. The first e-bikes, headphones and key finders are already ready. There are also solutions for Android users.
Where was the cell phone, did I leave the headphones on the train and where did I park the e-bike again? Apple wants all of these questions with the Where is? -Answer app. The app has been around since iOS 13. In the past, the functionality was split between the two apps "Find my iPhone" to track down Apple devices and "Find friends" to share your own location with friends.
It was always practical, not only if you misplaced your iPhone, but also if Apple devices were stolen. But now Apple is going one step further and opening the app's location function for third-party providers. Belkin, Chipolo and VanMoof ( for the CHIP test of the e-bike ) are among the first providers to offer compatible products. This allows you to use the Where is? So in the future, you can also locate e-bikes, headphones or your keychain.
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Where is? (formerly Find My iPhone) iPhone / iPad App 1.0
With the "Where is?" App you can track down a lost iPhone or iPad, always know where your friends are and also locate other supported devices such as e-bikes, headphones or key rings.
This is how the location works
Devices can only be located if providers participate in the "Made for iPhone" accessory program (MFi). In addition to the pure functionality, Apple's data protection guidelines are also highlighted in the program. According to Apple, this includes anonymization and end-to-end encryption. Products that meet these requirements appear in the Where is? App. in the "Objects" area.
Users can locate lost devices on a map via the app, play a sound to determine the location and put it into "lost" mode. Depending on the device, it is also possible to block access immediately, display a message with a contact number on an existing screen and if data is stored on the lost device, it can be deleted remotely.
The location basically works in different ways, for example by GPS as well as with WiFi and cellular data. The "where is?" Network adds a Bluetooth network to these basic functions. This crowdsourced network includes one hundred million Apple devices that detect missing devices or nearby items and report their approximate location.
Apple has also announced a draft specification for chipset manufacturers. This should enable device manufacturers to use the advantages of ultra-broadband technology in Apple devices equipped with a U1 chip. There is nothing new to say about the legendary AirTags, tracking devices that are supposed to come directly from Apple.
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What Android opposes
The Apple solution with Where is? is all well and good, but it is only for Apple users, because of course Apple does not offer an Android version of the app. But what does Android offer in this area? With Find my device there is of course also a location solution to track down lost Android devices.
Suppliers such as Tile or Chipolo have long been offering small tracking devices that can be attached to a key ring or other objects and then allow location via Bluetooth. The appropriate apps are available for Android and iOS. The same applies to GPS trackers, as we have tested them here .
There are also apps like Wunderfind that you can use to locate Bluetooth devices. This is practical, for example, with misplaced headphones. A possibility, completely integrated into the operating system, to locate devices in various ways, does not yet exist with Android.