iOS 10.3 comes with a feature to end "AirPods are made to be lost" jokes: Find my AirPods

iOS 10.3 comes with a feature to end
Apple has just released the first public beta for iOS 10.3 and, in case you missed our rundown of the new update, there's a notable new feature in the "Find my iPhone" app, which addresses a concern many have about the new AirPod wireless headphones. You guessed it — it's called "Find my AirPods".

Ever since Cupertino announced the Bluetooth-connected earphones, the potential for losing them has become a regularly-used punchline in about 60% of Apple-related jokes. Now, we won't be discussing whether they are funny or not — the fact remains that misplacing one of the tiny earbuds remains a legitimate concern, especially if you are a little messy.

A while ago, a crafty app developer published an app, called Finder for AirPods. It was a simple and nifty little piece of software, which helped you find the little buggers by showing you how close you are to them. However, Apple promptly removed the app from the App Store with little explanation given. Turns out, it probably did so because it had this feature baking.

So, how does the official Find my AirPods work? As we mentioned, it's accessed through the Find iPhone app. There, next to all your iPhones and iPads, you will now also be able to see your AirPods. Do note, however, that they will be updated on the map only if they are currently in the vicinity of and connected to one of your iOS devices. You can also have the earbuds play a sound, making it easier to find them if they are stuck in an unknown pocket, under your blanket, or in your pet's belly. Wait, actually, we are pretty sure you wouldn't hear them if that last one happens to be the case. Keep them away from pets.

Basically, if your AirPods are rolling around somewhere at home or in your office — fear not, this app will help you find them. But don't expect to be able to find them if they slip out of your pocket out on the street. Unless you are lucky enough to pass by the same spot you lost them in, with your iPhone in hand, Bluetooth on, looking for the little rascals.

So, it this a case of Apple "stealing" a feature from an app developer? Looking at the timing of things, we are much more prone to believe that the company had this planned out and cooking for iOS 10.3 long before, so, in our opinion, no it's not.

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26 Comments

1. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

So that's why they banned the app that did the same. And things like these are why iPhone 6 was and will be my last iOS device ever.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because it's hard enough to find new "innovation" for new iOS update... last year they ban F.lux and add night mode.. now this...

12. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

to be fair with apple. maybe this feature is under develop by apple and it happens that the other developer releases their app first..you cant blame apple on what they did on that app. coz they have already "find my iphone/ipad" or whatever it is, few years back

15. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1319; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Yep. The official reason the developer was given was that the app was "inappropriate for iOS". So something that was "inappropriate" a few weeks ago is soon going to be touted as a magical feature by Apple.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3103; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Dick move from Apple that they banned the poor developer's app. Poor guy wants to make a living.

7. Unordinary unregistered

iOS AppStore devs make billions combined. Look it up

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

That particular dev wont make anything because his App got banned....

13. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

He can always make another app.

22. Brewski

Posts: 689; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Or if they just left it on there then the people could decide on their own 'cause competition. But no, Apple is so closed they force you to use their version and be blind like a $heep.

19. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

That seems a rather odd statement, as it has nothing to do with this case, he won't earn from this case, and it is insanely anti competitive, "oh look you made something we are working on before us, nope, you can't do that" yeah, that just sets a very bad example.

3. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Fk Appl.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

There is nothing I can do if huge chain stores - such as Aldis or Walmart - simply don't want to put it on their shelves, because they sell/give for free their own bread.

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

put my bread*

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but at least you can sell your bread in other stores... unlike in iOS world

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So can this developers; nobody is stopping them to sell elsewhere, they just can't officially sell to Apple's users.

16. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1319; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Considering the target audience was Apple users of one specific Apple product, where else could the developer peddle his product?

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You must know nothing about economy, if you think that anyone can force me to allow another to sell stuff to MY clients. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Cydia have app stores where developers can sell their apps.

20. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This statement seems to be contradicting itself. "Nothing is stopping them from selling elsewhere" "They just can't officially sell to Apple's users" Product is meant for apple users? thus if they can't sell it to apple users because Apple won't allow it, they can't sell it? and since Apple locks down their devices, unless its jailbroken it just wouldn't work and once its jailbroken people likely aren't paying for the apps from third party stores anyway...so yeah... It is insanely anti competitive, heck its anti consumer to heck and back. As long as they do not violate any rules, it should be allowed, even if their product is competing with Apple's, apple will just need to make the better product, and better price (in this case free) and it won't really be an issue?

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Where do you live, dude? Do you think it is "insanely anti competitive" when Mercedes throws me out the door when I tell them to put on THEIR STORE the option for THEIR S-Klasse CLIENTS to buy my 1 L, 20 kW engine - specialy designed for Mercedes? Maybe McDonalds refusal to sell in THEIR STORE, to THEIR CLIENTS, my famous earthworm cinnamon - special designed for McDonalds - is also "insanely anti competitive" to you. What would you say if I were to sell your bank some s**tty bonds - specially designed for your bank users, your bank would go into bankruptcy, taking your house and all your savings; all that, just because it would have been "insanely anti competitive" for the regulator to ban my junk from your market? What would be more insane? You have a lot of nerve, pretending that Apple (Google, Microsoft, Samsung Walmart, Aldis, IBM, lenovo, Adidas etc - it doesn't matter the name) - after investing billions of euros, after building ecosystems, advertising, promoting, building their brands - should simply open the market for everybody's profit.

24. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You are comparing things that make no sense. This isn't about you telling a brand you want to sell your item at their store. This is a brand going "hey, you can make stuff for our products if you want and even earn money on it, just give us a cut!" Only to go "Hey, that thing you made there, we are also creating that, so you can'd do that" This has absolutely nothing to do with the example you gave, or me having 'nerve'. App store and google play are markets where people can create products for devices that are using those markets, Apple and google both take a cut, which is 100% fine. But saying you can't sell something at that market because they were creating it? The real way to compare would be, someone setting up a market place, where people can open booths and sell stuff. But someone then creates a booth selling a specific item, an item that the owner of the market is creating as well, and then the owner shuts the booth down so people can only by that kind of stuff from his booth? You are right it is their stores, and their clients, but they shouldn't open a market place and tell people to make stuff for it then, heck the market place help apple/google sell their own product, because people know they can get certain apps for their products. And again this isn't about a product that broke any rules, it held all rules Apple had, it broke none. But despite that it was removed? So yeah, my 'nerve' is nothing of the sort, Apple and google, _have_ opened their market for app developers, and heck they advertise that fact. Now they decide what can and can't be sold on said market even though it doesn't violate any of the rules, but simply was an idea they had themselves? Do not get me wrong, I fully agree they should be able to control the market, but snatching an idea from a developer simply because he got it out before Apple did? that is insanely anti competitive? how did it even threaten Apple to begin with? what possible harm is there in the product? So no, I'm not saying the creators of the markets appstore/google play, shouldn't decide what goes on there, not in any way, but when those rules are not being violated, they can't simply go into it and find an app they think is too similar to what they are creating and remove it?

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I gave you a thumbs up, because you explained your point of view, which is rare in online discussions. But that doesn't make your point valid. You see, supermarket chains will sell your chips and one day they will decide to replace them with their own brand (this happened last year with a big - the biggest - chip brand and the biggest supermarket chain in my country). Do you think is fare? Maybe not. Is it legal and economically correct? Definitely yes. The developer makes apps (just like the chip maker makes chips), therefore he can always sell his apps elsewhere; he could be making less money, he might have to use a different program, well, that's his line of business... I am not defending Apple - I couldn't care less about this app and AirPods - I'm just trying to explain how free market works.

26. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

When companies do that, it is anti competitive, and a lot of companies have been hit by it here in Europe. And that's all I mean by it, I'm not saying what they are doing is illegal. I'm saying its a jerk move and is very anti competitive and anti consumer. Especially with an app that specific. They are allowed to do that, sure, but yeah, doesn't mean people can't disapprove.

8. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Of course iPhonearena are gonna defend this. Like the other guy said, first F.Lux then this. Disgusting behaviour from Apple and they could at least have offered the guy money to bake the feature in.

21. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yet, no post about the recent security alert and need to update all Apple devices, because of a big hole, funny how it goes...

14. tangbunna

Posts: 479; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

this April Fool Friday comes too early. lolz

18. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

PA... STFU... Everyone one knows how much your opinion matters...!!!

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