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Apple releases first iOS 10.3 beta with “Find My AirPods”

Apple just released the first beta of iOS 10.3 to developers. Among other changes, the beta includes a way to find your lost AirPods in the Find My iPhone app. Just like the app helps you find a misplaced laptop, iPad or iPhone, it will soon tell you were that earbud fell out of your pocket.

Apple’s AirPods only have tiny W1 chips in each earbud. These chips only support Bluetooth — there’s no Wi-Fi, there’s no GPS and, of course, there’s no cell connection. So what happens exactly if you lose a poor tiny little AirPod? Apple employs the iPhone’s GPS tech. The map inside the Find My iPhone app will show you the last place the AirPods were in range of an iOS device connected to your iCloud account. If you happen to lose one out of range, the software will show you a general location of where it was last connected to one one of your gadgets. However, you will have to use your phone to employ this method.

If you left your AirPods at home, you can see them on a map if they’re within range of an iOS device at home. And if you’re really unlucky and you left your AirPods at a coffee shop, then Find My iPhone will try to show you the last location and time that you had your AirPods on you.

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