Revamped Find My iPhone app may get Tile-like item tracker

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The app is codenamed GreenTorch and it is now under beta.

Apple is reportedly testing a new application that combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into one single service, in addition to developing an all-new Tile-like physical item tracker to be clipped to items such as auto keys and wallets, and then tracked via the interconnected tracking app.

The app will integrate both features into a new universal app framework - Marzipan.

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The new app will reportedly have several enhanced functionalities in addition to the existing ones.

Other Apple devices can also be tracked in the unified app, including AirPods, and the company is working on trackers to attach to other items, according to the report. Meanwhile, Find My Friends remained a separate app which allows users to see how far away their friends are (or specifically, how far away their iPhones are), view locations on a map, and set up notifications for when friends leave or arrive at specific locations.

Among other features, the app will allow the user to share their location with friends and family. Apple, however, could use its vast network of active devices to create a massive crowdsourced network to help people find lost items.

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The new unified app also comes with an improved ability to find a user's device.

The new product will be linked to users' iCloud ID, and they will receive a notification if the device goes out of the proximity of Apple devices.

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. You can also share its location with friends, and your contact info can be added to the tag and displayed on a nearby Apple device when the item is in "lost mode". Apparently, the developers of Apple and insiders have confirmed the availability of the new Find My iPhone and Find My Friends app, however, they want to keep the details anonymous for now.

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