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iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 will unify location tracking functions

iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 will unify location tracking functions

By  Linky Johnson 2019-04-24 504 0

Apple intends to melt find my friends and find my iPhone in a single application. The project, code-named "GreenTorch", would currently be in the test phase in Cupertino, reveals Guilherme Rambo for 9to5Mac. This new app — unknown to the definitive name — would be available both on iOS and adapted to macOS with marzipan.

The app would still be able to get your hands on lost devices and find out where their loved ones are. However, it would go further in these two areas; Thus, a "find network" function would be able to locate devices even when they are not connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network.


All devices owned by a loved one or a friend (including AirPods) could also be located. And we should have the opportunity to switch them to lost mode or make them play a sound in order to find them easily in the Capernaum of the House.


More surprising, Apple would work on a hardware tag (known internally under the nickname "B389") to hang on to anything, a wallet, a bag, a bike, a keychain... Like tile, this tracker would track the object to which it is attached. A notification would notify the user when the object is too far away, and a "whitelist" system will mark some places to be ignored. The location of the tag can also be shared with friends.


Contact information embedded in the Tracker could be read by an Apple device when the tag is in "lost" mode. Again, this looks very much like the location service of tile, which uses the network formed by the multitude of users of the tiles in order to find one lost. With the number of Apple devices in circulation (over 1.4 billion), this network would be without a common measure.


If it is likely that the unified localization application is part of it to be available with iOS 13 and macOS 10.15, however 9to5Mac does not know when (and at what price...) the Tracker will be offered. Will Apple join a subscription to a new service?

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