Apple's keynote is gone and, as we commented, we were not introduced to Apple Tags supposedly new gadgets Apple to locate items such as keys or purses when attaching them to these accessories. However, the dream of a Ma tracker is not dead, as reported by MacRumors.
According to the publication, an internal version of iOS 13 (different from the one released yesterday) suggests some changes to the Search app (Find My). Among the new features is the introduction of the new tab “Items”, alongside the 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 tab “Items” integrate the possible gadgets Apple tracking companies, which even had their internal codenames revealed: B389. This “integration”, as it were, will be allowed thanks to the new “U1” chip on the iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which would also equip these mini trackers.
Presumably, iPhone users will be notified when they move away from one of these devices, as iOS 13 codes suggest. If necessary, you can tap a button in the Search app to have the tracker make a sound, just like iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
If someone does not actually find one of your trackers, it may be possible to place it in "Lost Mode" whereby it will become unusable by another user who in turn receives notification and can view the contact information of the tracker. iPhone owner to contact you.
Another probably very interesting option of the feature is called “Safe Locations”, which, once set up, will notify you if such trackers are not in certain places, such as your home. Users will also be able to share the location of items with friends and family, according to the built-in iOS 13 compilation.
As we have already reported, another snippet of iOS 13 internal code also suggests that Apple may use AR features to help users find lost items. So apparently there are references to 3D “balloons” that will indicate where a particular device is: Walk a little and move your iPhone up and down until a balloon appears.
Such rumors are not exactly new, and it is not because they are in iOS 13 codes that Apple should release them in the short term anyway, indicating that the company has been working on a feature like this recently. Still, hope is the last to die and we may suspect the company will announce this news at a likely special event later this year.