Do you know the app Search My Friends? It's the Search My iPhone? These are available iOS apps that allow you to easily locate your friends / family and their own devices connected to your Apple ID, respectively. With security in mind, these are basically essential apps today. Apple knows their importance and is apparently planning good news for both of them with iOS 13.
Second Guilherme Rambo, of 9to5Mac (which turned on the turbo this week and keeps releasing information about future Apple systems, as we've seen here and here), Apple merge the two applications the new app, codenamed Greentorch, is already being tested by engineers.
According to people familiar with the development of this new app (who prefer to remain anonymous for obvious reasons), it will have the same features found today in Search My Friends (share location, receive notifications when a friend / family member leaves / arrives at Find My iPhone (place devices in “Lost Mode”, “Play Sound” to find them, etc.) and be available for both iOS and MacOS thanks to “Project Marzipan”.
Like, I don't know, but Rambo said the new app has a new ability to find user devices called Find Network, which allows gadgets to be tracked even when not connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network, I look forward to seeing if I can find my lost AirPods here at home. 😝
In addition, Apple also wants users to be able to track any device (not just their Apple devices) using this new unified app. The company is working on new hardware, known only as B389 by the people involved with its development. This new product will be a tag that can be "glued" to anything.
THE tag may then be paired with your Apple ID (in the AirPods configuration approach). After that, users can then receive notifications when the device gets too far from tagpreventing them from forgetting the item. Certain locations may still be added to a list of ignored locations, so that the item can be left unnotified (such as your own home). The location of a tag It can also be shared with friends or family.
It will also be possible to store contact information in this tag, which can be read by any Apple device when it is placed in “Lost Mode”. The owner of tagthen get a notification when the idea is found, according to Rambo, that Apple will leverage Apple's large number of active devices to create a network of crowdsourcing that helps your users find any lost items.
It is not known when Apple plans to launch this product, but it may be announced in September with the new iPhones.