Apple’s keynote has passed and, as we mentioned, we were not introduced to the speculated “Apple Tags” – supposedly new gadgets Apple to locate items such as keys or bags when attaching them to these accessories. However, the dream of an Apple tracker is not dead, as disclosed by MacRumors.
According to the publication, an internal version of iOS 13 (different from the one released yesterday) suggests some changes to the Buscar app (Find My). Among the novelties is the introduction of the new “Items” tab, alongside the already existing “People” and “Devices”. More specifically, this new tab replaces the “I” option, which can be accessed by a new icon on the screen.
Apparently, the “Items” tab will integrate the possible gadgets tracking numbers, which even had their internal code names revealed: B389. This “integration”, so to speak, will be allowed thanks to the new chip “U1” of the iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which would also equip these mini trackers.
Presumably, iPhone users will receive a notification when they distance themselves from one of these devices, as the iOS 13 codes suggest. If necessary, you can tap a button on the Find app to make the tracker sound, just like iPhones, iPads and Macs.
If someone doesn’t really find one of your trackers, it may be possible to put it in “Lost Mode”, through which it will become unusable by another user – who, in turn, will receive a notification and will be able to view the contact information on the iPhone to contact you.
Another probable and very interesting option of the resource should be called “Safe Places”, which, once configured, will cause you to be notified if such trackers are not in certain places, such as your home. Users will also be able to share the location of the items with friends and family, according to the internal build of iOS 13.
As we already reported, another piece of the internal code of iOS 13 also suggests that Apple may use AR features to help users find lost items. So there are apparently references to 3D “balloons” that will indicate where a device is: “Walk around a little and move your iPhone up and down until a balloon is displayed.”
Such rumors are not exactly new, and it is not because they are in the iOS 13 code that Apple is expected to release them in the short term – in any case, this indicates that the company has been working on a feature like this recently. Still, hope is the last to die – and we can suspect that the company will announce these news at a likely special event later this year.