Apple's Find My app will allow you to find your lost or stolen iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, iPod and AirPods, even if your device is offline or in sleep mode. Announced by the company this Monday (3), during the WWDC 2019 conference, the new app is also able to show the location of family and friends. This is because the platform is a combination of two services already known to users: Find My iPhone and Find My Friends.
The biggest news of Find My is the ability to track your phone or notebook even without a Wi-Fi or 3G 4G network. The software will be available for devices running iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina soon. However, there is not yet a confirmed release date.
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According to Apple, the devices send low-power Bluetooth signals even when they are offline. The app then sends a Bluetooth signal to other nearby Apple devices, even if they belong to others, to create a mesh network.
If there are any with an iPhone within Bluetooth range of a MacBook, for example, they are able to share their respective locations with each other. This way, the app creates a map and lets you see where your smartphone or notebook is located, even without internet access. According to the manufacturer, the new encrypted technology is anima.
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In addition to having a tool to share location with friends and family, Find My lets you find all devices in the same family, including even the manufacturer's AirPods, wireless headsets. According to Apple, the feature should not adversely affect battery life or consume mobile Internet data, as it only takes advantage of data fragments in traffic from an existing network.
Remember that there is no exact prediction of launching the new application. Nevertheless, like iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, it's likely to be available later this year.
Via The Verge and Venture Beat
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