Wednesday January 25, 2017

Apple Releases "Find My AirPods" Feature For Locating Lost Earbuds

You didn’t think Apple would have been stupid enough to kill off that poor guy’s "Finder for AirPods" app if they didn’t have their own version in the works, did you? Well, now it’s here, and it happens to be a branch of the staple "Find my iPhone" app. Unfortunately, it will only be able to pick up a lost AirPod if it’s within 10 meters of your location (remember, we’re talking Bluetooth here), so you may be screwed in those situations where you lose it outside and don’t realize it until much later.

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The feature lives inside Apple’s Find my iPhone app, which allows users to locate their missing iOS devices on a Map via iCloud and a standalone iOS app. But since the AirPods rely on Bluetooth connectivity, it will only be able to locate the AirPods if they are in range of your other Apple devices. So, if you happen to lose one and don’t realize until after, you’d have to walk back in range in order to get a hit on the map. With Bluetooth, you can potentially get up to 5-10 meters of range. The app will also allow you to play a sound from the AirPods that will help you locate one that is out of sight, which will probably be much more useful than the map feature that only gives you a very general location if in range. You can disable the sound for one AirPod, which can be handy if you only lose one and not the other.