Apple announced a whole slew of software updates during the WWDC opening keynote yesterday, and on the hardware front, we also learned more about the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. One hardware announcement that didn’t come was the Tile-like device that we’d heard rumours about. Now, according to a new report by 9to5Mac, it appears iOS 13 already has code for such a thing.
As noted by the report, the first beta of iOS 13 has references to the unannounced product’s asset package with the product type ‘Tag1,1” which would suggest it is the location-based tags we’ve been hearing about. That type is normally used for pairing of devices based on their proximity in much the same way AirPods are paired with an iOS device.
Further digging also turned up another asset within iOS 13 beta 1 that may give us an idea as to what the tag will look like, although it may be a placeholder while development continues.
If rumours are correct, these new tags would be attached to things that users want to keep tabs on. Those tags would then be visible in the new Find My app in much the same was as people and Apple devices are. The use case is obvious, and if you’re one for leaving bags and wallets anywhere, then these tags could be a real lifesaver.
The smart money is on the tag being announced during a September iPhone event, especially if iOS 13 is required in order for them to function.
— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) June 4, 2019
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