You can now locate your bike with Apple’s ‘Find My’ feature


Apple has finally allowed third-party products to use the location capabilities of the Find My network, which includes hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Products compatible with the Find My app include Belkin and Chipolo accessories, as well as VanMoof bikes.

For now, the Find My feature will only work on two models from the Vanmoof team, but more brands will follow the service in due course.

The Dutch company’s S3 and X3 electric bikes – ordered from today – will be equipped to work with the Find My app.

Riders will add their bikes to a new Items tab in the Find My app. Via this new tab, tracked products can be found on maps on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Lost – or stolen – products may be required to emit a sound to help locate it. Products can also be put into Lost Mode, allowing the Find My network to locate them.

So, if a lost S3 or X3 is located, someone can use the Find My app on any iPhone to identify it and be taken to a website that will display the owner’s message and contact details.

Enabling “Notify When Found” will notify the user when the Find My network has located the bike, then provide that location on a map in the Find My app.

The Apple Find My network is anonymous and uses advanced encryption.

The new feature requires an iPhone with iOS 14.3 or later, iPad with iPadOS 14.3 or later, or a Mac with Big Sur macOS 11.1 or later.

“For more than a decade, our customers have trusted Find My to locate their missing or stolen Apple devices while protecting their privacy,” said Bob Borchers, vice president of global product marketing, Apple.

“We are now bringing the powerful search capabilities of Find My, one of our most popular services, to more people through the Find My Network Accessories Program,” he added.

Tech reporter Glenn Fleishman revealed in July last year that Apple was going to open its Find My service to third-party accessory makers.



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