Apple Tipped To Take On 'Tile' Tracking Tags

Alfred Osborne
April 21, 2019

The app is codenamed GreenTorch and it is now under beta.

Apple is working on a new smartphone app that will merge the functionalities of its existing "Find My Friends" and "Find My iPhone" apps.

The application will incorporate the best-loved features of Find My Friends - like location sharing - with a new user interface and, for the first time, will support macOS via Apple's new Marzipan cross-platform application API.

Green Torch will be able to find a number of user devices, including their family's devices but Apple will give the users the benefit of being able to track any item they lost, misplaced or has been stolen. Similarly, the users will be able to send location sharing requests to others.

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The users can also put certain locations on a list of "ignored locations", this way the item can be left at home or in the vehicle without the user having to deal with constant notifications. It will also let the users put devices in "lost mode". Perhaps most interestingly, however, is that Apple is working on a new hardware product to go with it. As well, the system will reportedly enable tag owners to crowdsource an effort for locating a lost item - a feature now offered by the company behind the tracker Tile. The small tag will reportedly be pared with a users iCloud account and provide push notifications when separated from its pared iPhone.

The unified app will also boast a "Find Network" feature, which will track devices even when not connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network. You can get notifications when your iPhone gets too far away from the tag, so it will be easy to find again.

There is no word on when exactly this upcoming device will be available to the consumers, however 9to5Mac speculates that we might see it along with new iPhone models in September. It'll also have the ability to find all their and their family members' devices, including AirPods.

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