As is pretty typical for an Apple event, the people on stage have a tendency to bury some new product announcements in the shadow of the larger announcements. For example, this time around it's the unveiling of a brand new leather wallet option for the iPhone lineup, at leas those that support the MagSafe feature.
I've been toying around with AirTags since they came out a few weeks ago, and I was impatient to try the only third-party alternative available at this time: the Chipolo ONE Spot. Chipolo is one of only three companies that have been approved by Apple at this time to be part of the Find My network. Out of the three, it's the only company that has built an item tracker similar to AirTag. So if you're in the market for an item tracker that works with the Find My app, your options are either the Apple AirTag or the Chipolo ONE Spot.
With that said, the folks at Chipolo sent me a ONE Spot for review ahead of their official launch later in June. This post will essentially be a Chipolo ONE Spot review and a direct comparison with AirTag.
Apple's Find My network is a solid feature for folks within the company's ecosystem. It's a great way to track devices. And, apparently, it can also be used to send messages and other data.
Apple announced its new AirTag tracking accessory at the Spring Loaded event just over two weeks ago, and the first deliveries only started reaching the hands of avid customers last weekend.
Despite how new the product is, it seems that it has already been hacked by brilliant minds in the security research space.
Like with most other Apple products, you can pick a custom name for your AirTag to more easily figure out which one does what in the Find My app. In this step-by-step tutorial, you'll learn how to rename your AirTag by picking a custom name and emoji for your Apple tracker.
A hidden AirTag diagnostics overlay has been discovered in Apple's Find My app, allowing you to see various technical details about how the tracking featrues are working.
Apple is doing interesting things with the Find My network. Earlier this month it opened things up to third-party accessories, and, of course, launched the AirTag item tracker. But Siri apparently thinks Apple isn't quite done just yet.
Ever since the rumor mill started talking about AirTags, Apple's now official item finder, Tile has raised concerns over Apple's business practices. And sure enough, now that Apple's made the AirTag the real deal, Tile is raising concerns yet again.
Google Assistant is one of the most helpful digital assistants out there, even if you use it on iPhone. And now it's getting even more helpful for folks who use Apple's smartphones.
Apple on April 7, 2021, opened up its Find My app to third-party products via a new program that permits non-Apple entities to take advantage of the company's secure Find My network. This enables users to track any compatible third-party devices using the Find My app. But before you can actually track devices and accessories not designed and made by Apple, you must add them first to the Find My app—and we walk you through the whole process.
Earlier today, Apple announced that it had expanded its Find My network to third-party companies. This means that they can use the secure Find My network, too. And Chipolo jumped at the chance.
Earlier this week, Apple released a new app to help developers and device makers test out tracking their devices using the official Find My network. Now, Apple has made that support officially official.