Apple has launched a new app, Find My Certification Assist., Designed for use by MFi (Made for iPhone) licensors who need to test their accessories interoperability with Apple’s Find My Network. The network, among other things, helps users find lost Apple devices – such as iPhones, AirPods and Mac computers – but is set to add support to find other compatible accessories manufactured by third parties.
The launch of the test app indicates that Apple may be ready to announce the launch of a third-party device program in the near future.
According to the description of the app, MFI licensees can use Find My Certification Assist. To test “search, connection, and other key requirements” for your stuff that will incorporate Apple’s Find My Network technology. It also provides information about the Find My Network certification program on Apple’s MFi portal at mfi.apple.com, which currently refers to Find My Network as an MFi program technology that is “launching soon.” “
Screenshots of the new app indicate that it allows device manufacturers to access a wide variety of features such as connectivity, sound (for example, if the item is incorrectly malfunctioning), firmware, key management, NFC, power and more. Allows to run tests.
According to Censor Tower data, the app became publicly available on the iOS App Store on Sunday, April 4. It is brand new, so has not yet been ranked in any of the app store categories, including itself, “developer tools”, or others. It currently has no ratings and reviews.
The launch of the app is a step towards the larger goal of opening Apple Find My Network to a third party and Apple has plans for its new accessory, Airtag.
At last year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple first announced that Find My Two to third-party devices would be opened after facing pressure from regulators in the US and Europe, who were looking at, among other things, Apple Was planning to give himself a profit with the upcoming launch of AirTags, a competitor to the tile’s lost item finder.
A prominent Apple critic, Tile had complained that AirTags would be able to pair with Apple’s U1 chips, which use UWB (ultra-wideband) technology for more precise search capabilities, and noted at a congressional hearing AirTags is the Find My App for Apple’s own work, which ships by default on Apple devices. This, Tile believed, would give Apple a first-party advantage in the lost item finder market that Tile had successfully established and dominated for years.
In response, Apple opened up third-party developer access through its “NearInBerination” framework through its U1 chip last year. As a result, in January 2021, Tile announced plans to launch a new tracker powered by UWB.
Recently, Apple updated its Find My app to include a new tab called “Items”, such as Tile and others, in preparation for the app’s extended support for airtags and other third-party accessories. This “Items” tab is enabled in the latest Apple’s iOS 14.5 beta release, where the app states that the Find My app will now be able to help users track their everyday items – including accessories and other items that Find Are compatible with Mai.
However, Tile (and possibly others) feel that Apple’s concessions still hurt their businesses because participation in Apple’s FindMe program meant that third-party device makers would have to abandon their existing apps and instead use their own Customers will need to use Apple’s FindMe app – effectively turning their customers and their data on for Apple.
It is worth noting that at the time of launch, the app has an icon that shows three items: headphones, a backpack and a suitcase. Not coincidentally, perhaps, Tile’s first integrations were with Bose headphones and luggage and bag manufacturers, Away and Herschel.
Apple has not responded to a request for comment regarding the launch of the new app.