Details on Apple ‘Find My’ in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

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One of the novelties of iOS 13 is Find my iPhone and Find my friends in a single app called “Find my”. Among the most interesting features of this new app is the possibility to find devices even if they are offline.

Apple has provided additional details of this feature in a statement to
WIRED.

Apple designed the “Find my” feature with privacy protection in mind. The app uses an encryption system that prevents people from abusing it for monitoring purposes, making your personal location unavailable to Apple or to people who want to intercept your device’s Bluetooth signal to take advantage of the offline function.

Apple’s encryption solution requires that users of “Find my” have at least two Apple devices. Each device emits a constantly evolving public key that neighboring Apple devices use to encrypt and upload geolocation data. Only other Apple devices that you own (and that are connected to your Apple ID and protected with two-factor authentication) are able to decrypt them.

In addition to iOS 13 and iPad OS, the new “Find my” app will also be available on Mac and will replace the two old iCloud web alternatives.

Apple has created a support page to explain what happens with MacOS Catalina.

Here are the answers indicated by Apple for users who will update their Mac with Catalina:

  • The music that you have imported or purchased in the past with iTunes will be transferred to the new Music app.
  • The music playlists and smart playlists you have created in iTunes will be in the new Music app.
  • iTunes Store will still be available to purchase music on Mac, iOS, PC and Apple TV.
  • iTunes gift cards and iTunes credits will be kept and can be used with new apps and the App Store.
  • The backup, restore and synchronization of iPhone, iPad, and iPod will move to Finder.
  • The movies and TV shows you have purchased or rented from iTunes will be in the new Apple TV app.
  • You will need to use the Apple TV app for Mac for future purchases or rentals of movies and TV shows.
  • The podcasts you subscribed to or added to iTunes will now be in the new Apple Podcast app.
  • Audiobooks purchased from iTunes will now be in the updated Books app.
  • You will need to use the Apple Books for Mac app for future audiobook purchases.

Apple also explains that macOS Catalina makes it faster and easier to access all the music “ripped” or imported, in addition to those purchased.

The entire media collection will automatically switch to the new Apple Music, Apple TV, and Podcast apps. Also, previous iTunes Store purchases and your synchronized libraries will not change on any of your devices.

iTunes Store will be available in the Music app sidebar in order to purchase new music. Also from the Music app, you can subscribe to Apple Music and choose whether or not to show the iTunes Store to simplify the interface.

The synchronization of the iPhone and iPad will take place directly from the Finder. All sync settings and previous backups in iTunes will also be stored in macOS Catalina. Among other things, now that the devices appear in Finder, it is also easier to drag and drop the files you want to transfer.

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