A way to recover lost AirPods is among the new features Apple previewed on Tuesday.
The "Find my AirPods" feature enables the "Find my iPhone" iOS app to find any AirPods within Bluetooth range of a signed-in iOS device. Similar to the "Find my iPhone" feature, a charged AirPod could be shown a map of where the wireless earbuds were last connected, or could be found by activating a "specially designed sound" that the Wall Street Journal describes as a chirp.
"Find my AirPods" will help address a major criticism of the $159 untethered earpods — that they are easy to lose. Though CEO Tim Cook said the wireless earbuds rarely fall out, their appearance and steep replacement pricehas made them somewhat of a punchline. Despite missing most of the holiday shopping season, Cook has called the AirPods a "runaway success."
Unfortunately, the "Find my AirPods" feature isn't available to the public just yet — it was rolled out as a preview for app for developers, who can use the early version to test their apps and software with the new features.
Giving app makers a voice, Siri on the watch
Also in this release, Apple showed a preview of a feature that allows developers to respond to App Store reviews. The developer response will appear indented below the customer review it is associated with.
While you may not look forward to getting a retort from the App Store, Apple's relationship with its app developers is of growing importance.