Additional information pertaining to Apple’s Tile-like accessory has fallen into the public domain. It seems that Apple is planning to release a physical tracking accessory, similar to Tile, and will append the Find My app in iOS 13 with a brand new ‘Items‘ section.
Developer and all-round firmware tinkerer, Guilherme Rambo, had originally outlined internal Apple plans back in April. Millions of consumers around the world have placed their trust in products and services like Tile to keep track of their small items, such as keys, backpacks, and wallets or purses.
Apple has clearly understood the value of those services but also believes that it can not only do it better, but use its internal ecosystem to capitalize on that market. New information has now become public knowledge.
An internal build of iOS 13 has provided an additional glimpse into Apple’s plans. An image pulled from that firmware file seems to suggest that the physical Apple product which would expose this functionality could be a cylindrical lightweight disc with the Apple logo right in the center.
We don’t know additional details, such as size, weight, or dimensions, but it’s likely that Apple will try and release something which is smaller and more lightweight than the current competition offers. The build also highlights the fact that the tags carry an internal codename of “B389.”
If you just saw the codename, you may be confused as to what the product actually does, but the corresponding strings give the game away. The internal iOS 13 builds contains text strings such as “tag your everyday items with B389 and never lose them again,” as identified by MacRumors.
The Find My app also has a new tab bar item called ‘Items’ which comes with a corresponding image which closely matches what we’d expect the physical product to look like and is clearly a dedicated location in the app where tagged items can be tracked and their location can be clearly seen.
The codebase also seems to suggest that Apple will use augmented reality in one way or another to make this feature a lot more appealing. This internal build is a few months old now but also contains information which suggests that the physical product will come with a removable battery to prolong the life of the hardware. Let’s sit back, exercise some patience, and see if this is announced or touch upon during Apple’s September 10 media event.
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