Apple has reportedly set its sights on Tile’s tracking tags, following reports the iPhone manufacturer is developing a hardware companion for its ‘Find My iPhone’ app.
As per 9to5Mac, sources claim a new [codenamed] “GreenTorch” app is amidst testing, with the view of replacing ‘Find My iPhone.’
The app will reportedly boast the same features as the ‘Find My Friends’ and ‘Find My iPhone’ app, whilst combining functionalities in one program – accessible across both iOS and macOS.
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.
Apple is reportedly working on a companion physical tracking tag – similar to Tile – which can be paired to a user’s iCloud account.
Users will be notified when an item travels too far away from their tag (e.g. displaced AirPods or an iPhone) and set customised alert notifications.
The location of a tag will reportedly be shareable with family and friends, with storable contact information, plus a unique ‘lost mode.’
Whilst a launch date remains unclear, 9to5Mac states the device could be unveiled closer to the launch of Apple’s 2019 iPhones in September.