Apple’s Safari browser contains a shortcut that opens an ‘Items’ page in the company’s Find My app on iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
Discovered by David Chu, who posted screenshots on Twitter, and reported by MacRumors, the shortcut allows users to access a portion of the Find My application long associated with Apple’s AirTags product. MacRumors He says he first found the Find My Items page in 2019, and has been a part of the app ever since, though it’s not accessible to anyone except registered Apple developers.
Typing findmy: // items in Safari will take you to this hidden UI in Find My! pic.twitter.com/CakKBGEuNh
– David Chu (@davidvanchu) January 13, 2021
The app page would likely be available in a future update corresponding to the AirTags launch. However, Chu found that by typing ‘findmy: // items’ into Safari’s address bar, the browser linked users to the Find My app. The browser shortcut works on iOS or iPadOS 14.3, as well as macOS 11.1.
Unfortunately, the user interface is not working at the moment; it would require AirTags hardware that Apple has yet to release. However, the continued existence of the user interface suggests that Apple is still planning to launch AirTags.
The interface also provides some details on how AirTags will work. For example, users will be able to keep track of items by attaching AirTags and then use the Find My app to see where those items are. Interestingly, Find My mentions searching for “accessories or other items that are compatible.” According to MacRumors, Apple confirmed at WWDC 2020 that Find My would support third-party products and accessories; the descriptive text confirms that this is still the case.
Tapping the ‘Add Item’ or ‘Identify Found Item’ buttons opens the search screens. Presumably these interfaces would be used to add an AirTag to your Find My app or to identify an item that someone else may have lost.
Perhaps Apple will release its AirTags sometime in 2021. Rumors about Bluetooth tracking devices have been swirling for years, but the product never materialized last year.