Apple’s WWDC 2021 briefing is over, but the list of new features coming to its platforms is long enough that many still appear. A section to watch out for on the iOS 15 preview explains the changes to “Find My”.
Besides adding live streaming locations of contacts who share their location with you, in iOS 15, your iPhone or iPad is much easier to find if it has been lost or stolen. Even if someone erases it, as long as Activation Lock is on, the device will still show your information on the Hello screen and tell people that this device is trackable to its true owner.
According to Apple, the Find My feature will now locate devices even after they are turned off. The press release and preview page didn’t explain exactly how it worked, so it’s not clear if you can expect a final ping of where the device was when it missed. battery / has been taken, or if there will be some kind of low -Power Tracking Bluetooth that stays on even when your phone is turned off. 9to5Mac has an image of the pop-up that appears if an iOS 15 device runs out of power to notify owners of new tracking features.
Other additions will help you find lost AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, while separation alerts will alert you if you forgot “a compatible third-party device, AirTag, or item.”
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