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Locate AirPods With €?Find My AirPods” In IOS 10.3

There are some caveats, though. They still rely on your iPhone or iPad's location and Bluetooth to show where you last had them. Find My iPhone locates the headphones to within Bluetooth range of any of your iOS devices that are signed into iCloud. If your AirPods are near those devices, the device's location will be used to show you where to start looking.

Locate AirPods with “Find My AirPods” in iOS 10.3

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If your AirPods aren't within Bluetooth range of any of your iOS devices, needs to be recharged or are in the closed AirPod case, Find My iPhone will show where they were located when last connected to your iOS device.

And I certainly agree with Josh that it would be wise to hold off on the upgrade until you find out what early adopters (otherwise knows as unpaid beta testers) discover about iOS 10.3. If experience is any guide, the upgrade will have plenty of problems that will need sorting out.

Ever since Apple's introduction of its wireless AirPods earbuds, there's been a meme running around that they're great so long as you don't lose them. In part, this is because even fans like the Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern spent a lot of pixels talking about it. But it's also true that they're small, monochromatic, and, well, expensive. Apple will replace a single lost one for $69 but beginning with iOS 10.3 will also help you find misplaced AirPods. The limitations of locating Bluetooth devices with relatively short battery life mean this technical fix will only go so far, however. There's another level of AirPod recovery the company could implement -- and perhaps it will down the line.

First the new software solution: Find My AirPods will be integrated with Find My iPhone and combine two (and a half) basic capabilities to help you locate on or more misplaced earbuds. The first is a simple audible tone. If you're close enough to ping the AirPod with Bluetooth, it will emit a sound. It might not be easy to hear if buried in a couch cushion or a winter coat pocket. But if the AirPod still has power, you will hear from it.

On the behavior side, the easiest way to stay out of trouble is to (1) always carry the case (2) always return them to the case when not in use. As Daring Fireball's John Gruber relates, his misplaced AirPod moment came when he didn't follow rule #2. And a reader of his related the story about how one avoids losing expensive pens even though one always loses cheap one: When you have a thing of value, you treat it as valuable. iOS 10.3 will make it a bit easier to find that valuable thing should you mislay it. If AirPods are as big a hit going forward as I suspect they will be, perhaps the company will take things to the next level sometime soon.

Opening the Find My iPhone app, users who have previously paired AirPods with an iOS or macOS device enrolled with iCloud will find a new AirPods option under the "My Devices" section. Unless the headphones are in use, Find My iPhone will show the headphone's last known position, as well as information when the positioning data was gathered.

jdw said: While great for AirPod users, it's a crying shame that my wife's now-lost 6th gen iPod Nano (one of the best iPods ever, IMHO) doesn't have the same feature (which Apple could have probably added to it easily).1) This feature just launched today as the first of many iOS 10.3 betas to come before it's available to Apple devices that support iOS 10, watchOS 3, or macOS Sierra or better, yet you're complaining that your 2010 iPod Nano didn't have this 7 years ago. This won't even work with a 2010 iPhone, at least not with the W1-chip benefits in play.2) You know that this feature is reliant on a BT connection to one the aforementioned compatible devices, like pinging the AirPods from the iPhone to locate them or having the iPhone send last-known-location information to iCloud when it loses its connection with the AirPods. What BT connection did your wife's iPod Nano connect with?

If you're an AirPod owner, you've probably felt a twinge of panic or two over the thought of losing one on your daily commute. Luckily, Apple now has a solution. As part of the company's fresh 10.3 iOS update, you can now track down a missing earbud with the help of your phone's GPS.

So when you lose your AirPods and one or both are out of the case, you can use Find My to locate your AirPods when they are in Bluetooth range of any iDevice signed in with the same Apple ID (around 10 meters or 30 feet.)

Delivered as part of OS 10.3 beta that started rolling out to developers on Tuesday, Find My AirPods, works similarly to the dearly departed third-party app. It relies on Bluetooth signals to help find your AirPods. However, since Apple can access the custom W11 Bluetooth chip it built, its solution goes further.

The app uses the AirPod's native ability to automatically connect to all devices using the same iCloud account to locate your AirPod even if it isn't near you. It just has to be within Bluetooth range (3-to-5 meters) of your iCloud-connected iPad, iPhone or Mac and Find My AirPod can locate it. The utility will then, through the Find My iPhone app, show you the location of that other device.

The iOS 10.3 developers beta will also include a few other noteworthy updates, including 3D touch on the weather icon (quick access to forecasts). HomeKit can also now work with programmable switch accessories and Siri will gain access to cricket scores from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council.

iOS 10.3 brings with it a variety of bug fixes, feature enhancements, and improvements, as well as the introduction of the new APFS new file system. Separately, tvOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.2 are also available as updates.

The most significant new feature addition to iOS 10.3 is probably the Find My AirPods feature, which offers users a way to help locate a missing wireless AirPod. The transition to the APFS file system is also fairly significant, and it adds a variety of benefits to app developers, aims to improve performance and file handling, expand file system capabilities, and also aims to improve encryption on iOS devices. Other minor adjustments are bug fixes to iOS are also included, the full release notes of iOS 10.3 are below for the curious.

I agree, the airpods are too expensive. iPhone 7 gen users are better off using either the lightning earpods supplied with the iphone or any other regular headphones with the 3.5 mm to lightning adapter, also supplied with the iphone.

Well the airpods are not absolutely necessary to buy. The iphone 7 did come with earpods in the box like all previous iphones, only now they have a lightning connector instead of a 3.5 mm audio plug. And it also came with a 3.5 to lightning adapter in the box for those who had bought other headphones and still want to use them.

In the beta of iOS 10.3, Apple updated the Find My iPhone app to include AirPods locating. When you head into the app, you can tap on your pair of AirPods from among the iPhones, iPads, and Macs in your possession, and then the buds will play a sound so you can play a solo game of Marco Polo to find them.

The only caveat to this is that your AirPods A) need to be charged and B) need to be within Bluetooth range of another one of your iOS or Mac devices in order to be located. If the pods are dead or out of range, the app will just show you their last known location.

iOS 10.3 beta (available today for developers) includes a handful of other updates, as well. Siri can now answer questions about the sport of cricket, third-party payment apps can now integrate with her for handling bill payments, and she can now hail an Uber, Lyft, or other ride-sharing app. Apple also updated CarPlay so you can more quickly launch your last two apps, and it shows where EV charging stations are along your route in the Maps app. Finally, HomeKit now supports programmable light switches.

Apple plans to add AirPods support to the Find My iPhone app, which obviously helps you to find lost Apple devices. This functionality will be available with the release of iOS 10.3, an iPhone and iPad software update that is suppose to roll out to the public in the coming weeks. With AirPods support in Find My iPhone, you will be able to see the current - or at least the last known - location of your AirPods case.

One of the features of the upcoming iOS 10.3 is Find My AirPods. This is just an addition to the Find My iPhone app, which can find any of your network-connected Apple products: iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches.

The finder function comes bundled with the iOS 10.3 beta that began rolling out on Tuesday, and it'll also be available on the desktop version of Find My iPhone. If your AirPods are set up with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch that already has Find My iPhone enabled, the new feature will automatically be available. A third party had beaten Apple to releasing an AirPods tracker, but the company booted it from the App Store on Jan. 9.

AirPods, which were announced alongside the iPhone 7 and shipped in December after an uncharacteristic delay, hit the market without a way to locate them if they disappeared. The small, cordless headphones connect to phones via Bluetooth, and a single replacement AirPod costs $69, so customers have expressed concerns over losing them since their announcement.

Because the headphones aren't connected to the internet, the tracker can only locate them in real-time if they are in range of one of your bluetooth-enabled devices that's also logged into your iCloud account. If they're not nearby, the app will display where they were last paired with one of your iOS devices. Similarly, if your AirPods are dead or inside the charging case, the app will display where they were last connected to one of your devices.

Starting with iOS 10.3 and later, the Find My application pre-installed on your iOS device allows you to locate your lost AirPods. If the tool is uninstalled by mistake, you can download and install it again on your iPhone from this link.

If you have AirPods, and you lose or misplace them somewhere at the gym or inside your home, then the Find My AirPods app is there to help you find them. You also get an option to make the earphones play a sound in a high pitch to locate them with ease. 350c69d7ab


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