Secret document reveals details of Apple’s Find My app, which the company said would be open to third parties (via The post office).
At WWDC in June, Apple announced that developers would have access to its Find My app. This means that users can use products like Tile in the app. But a document obtained by The Post reveals details that Apple has not publicly announced.
For example, Apple users who use Find My to locate devices cannot use competing services at the same time.
The move is unusual, say the developers. Customers typically have the choice of using multiple applications to control the same hardware device. For example, a Bluetooth headset can be used with both Apple Music streaming service and Spotify.
Developers must also sign an agreement before they can use Find My, called the “Limited License for Find My Network Accessory Spec”. This prevents them from sharing details about the specification. If they do talk about it, Apple will take legal action against them.
As Apple faces antitrust scrutiny from governments, measures like this show Apple isn’t backing down when it comes to tight control over its products.