Apple takes down app that helps you track your lost AirPods


Apple’s AirPods are small, lightweight, and completely wireless. They are also relatively easy to lose, which, coupled with their price tag, has made us wondering, “why is there no way to track a pair of AirPods using your iPhone?”

Well, a crafty iOS developer has decided to step in and provide people with a simple app that does just that. Called “Finder for AirPods”, the app was priced at $3.99 and let users find their lost wireless earbuds by picking up on the strength of their Bluetooth signal and letting you know how close you are to them. Like a game of Hot or Cold but with $160 earbuds. Still, “Finder for AirPods” was a good choice for those willing to shell out 4 bucks for functionality that should have been built-in.

Interestingly, just a few days after the app’s launch on the App Store, Apple decided to take it down for some reason. The creator of “Finder for AirPods” claims the company simply stated that his product was “not appropriate for the App Store,” without elaborating any further on the takedown. There is currently no information as to what App Store policy the app may have violated, but its creator is urging users to look for a refund via iTunes.

We can only hope that Apple is working on a first-party solution, hence the removal of a third-party paid app.


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21 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So you gotta buy a new one even when it's still findable.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or apple will make their own version of this app... just like what they did to F.lux

7. sissy246

Posts: 7115; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

True, and charge $29.99 for the app.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Poor Apple, running out of ideas has to steal from others.

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Let's see... 30% of $4.00 vs $160 per user - apple has bills to pay people so the app must go. ;)

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Dick move from Apple.

11. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Agreed. This is most likely because they plan baking it in themselves

3. sissy246

Posts: 7115; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not surprised at all. They want to force fans to buy a new one.

4. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

LOL! And the iSheep will never learn not to support this a**hole company. By saying the app is “not appropriate for the App Store", what they really mean is "how do you expect us to rob our customers of their money by replacing their lost AirPods when they can use your app to find them? DENIED!!! Muahahahaha".

12. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

There has to be more to the story. Either permissions that need to be granted or something along those lines. Otherwise yes, it's a bad move.

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Lost part of Airpods and can't find on app? Just buy new one of part Airpods!

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Cr4pple at its best...

10. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Guess Tim Crook wants his full pay to be reinstated so he needs to generate more profit by forcing you to buy new airpods when you lose one.

13. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Craple being Craple

14. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

This is the kind of behaviour why I won't buy Apple products in the future.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Apple's behavior has always been so... Tyrion. That's why I've always disliked the company.

15. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

In 1 month apple got this in the store. Gotta love how they fall into their developers backs....don't develope something apple can use, then they remove your stuff, steal it and call it innovation by Apple....another day in the pathetic history of pathetic apple...

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Wow, this is one of the more rather blatant and obvious anti consumer moves Apple have made in a while.

18. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Further proof Apple does not care about its users, just making profits.

19. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Further proof Apple does not care about its users, just making profits.

21. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

LOL apple is a joke.

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