For years, Apple users have been able to locate their iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod Touch using Apple’s Find My network. But according to 9to5Mac, the functionality could be arriving for the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
With the release of iOS 15 Beta 5, the 9to5Mac team found some lines of code suggesting the feature is coming soon. Here are some of the messages that will appear:
These AirPods are linked to your Apple ID. Removing them will allow another person to configure Find My Network. […] Removing these AirPods will allow another person to configure Find My Network and it will no longer be linked to your Apple ID.
The first step that you’ll need to take is to make sure that the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max are tied to your Apple ID. From there, they are registered in the Find My network, and you can use the built-in app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to locate the missing headphones.
In addition to these references in the code, 9to5Mac also found new animations when removing AirPods from the Find My network. The AirPods Max can be removed by holding down on both the noise cancellation and Digital Crown for 12 seconds to unpair the headphones. As for AirPods Pro, you’ll need to hold your fingers over the speaker holes while pressing the stem buttons multiple times.
What Is The Find My Network?
Apple’s Find My Network is the company’s solution to locating lost products that Are attached to your Apple ID. In conjunction with the Find My app, your devices appear on a map, while providing a few different controls. These include the ability to play a sound from your device, put your device in ‘Lost Mode’, or even remotely lock and erase the lost device.
With the introduction of the AirTags earlier this year, Apple expanded the network a bit. But the AirTags also work a bit differently as these make use of the ultra-wideband chip found in the iPhone 12. By attaching or placing AirTags in something like a backpack, you can figure out exactly where your bag is. AirTags integration with the Find My network even goes so far as to provide “turn-by-turn” directions.
Precision Finding uses the UWB chip and displays an arrow on the screen, along with how many feet away you are. There are also additional buttons on the display, so you can play a noise if you need to.
When Is ‘Find My’ Coming to AirPods?
Unfortunately, 9to5Mac was unable to discern when this new feature is actually coming. More than likely, it will require sometime of firmware update for the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. However, Apple’s Beta Program is currently limited to the AirPods Pro.
The company only just released the second beta firmware, bringing with it Conversation Boost that was announced at WWDC ’21. You may remember this is one of two big new features coming to AirPods with the release of iOS 15. The second of which is FaceTime Spatial Audio with Ambient Noise Reduction which arrived in beta one.
It won’t come as a surprise if Find My integration arrives with the third AirPods Pro beta release.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.