Apple has taken an important step for its ecosystem today. The Find My Network access program is presented (for the Russian market, it is translated as “Locator Network”), which opens the search function in the “Locator” application for third-party gadgets connected via Bluetooth.
Previously, Locator only supported the search for branded Apple devices, but now the functionality is being extended to “foreign” gadgets from other manufacturers.
Apple notes that new Locator compatible products from Belkin, Chipolo and VanMoof will be available starting next week.
For example, the newest e-bikes VanMoof S3 and X3, will connect to Locator, as will the Belkin Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds.
The Locator Network Accessory Program for accessories is now part of the Made for iPhone (MFi) program. Third-party devices will be tested to meet Apple requirements. Approved products can be added to the app under the new Items tab. In the store, such devices will be marked with the Works with Apple Find My icon.