The Find iPhone and Find My Friends services were merged into a single application called Search (Find My), which will allow you to find iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Macs, iPods and AirPods. It can even locate phones, tablets and notebooks if they are offline, with the help of nearby Bluetooth devices. This will be available on iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS 10.15 Catalina.
Yes the Search is even able to find a device offline and in suspended mode. It sends a Bluetooth flag that can be detected by other Apple devices nearby, even if they belong to others, helping to reveal your location.
Apple says that this signal is “completely anonymous and encrypted from end to end, so everyone’s privacy is protected”. There is also no need to worry about battery life or data consumption, because everything “occurs silently using small pieces of data that hitch a ride on existing network traffic”.
Search (Find My) will have activation lock on Mac
In addition, Buscar will have an activation lock feature that will prevent the use of stolen Macs with a T2 chip. It will only be possible to unlock with your personal password, similar to what happens on the iPhone.
This is an evolution especially for the Mac, because the resource to find a lost computer was within the iCloud web interface; there is now a separate app for macOS.
“Locate a lost device even if it is not connected to Wi-Fi or the cellular network using crowdsourcing location,” explains Apple. “When you mark your device as lost and another Apple device is nearby, even if it’s another user, it can detect the Bluetooth signal and report the location to you.”
Find My will be available on iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS 10.15 Catalina; they will be released around September and October.