The first Bluetooth tracker that can work with Apple’s massive Find My Bluetooth network of iPhones, iPads and Macs is here. But it’s not Apple’s highly anticipated AirTags tracker; it is the Chipolo One Spot, an updated version of the company’s One tracker designed exclusively to work with Apple’s network.
Chipolo calls the One Spot a “special edition” product. Although it has the same 12 month battery life (with replaceable battery), 120 dB ring, water resistance and overall design as the regular One tracker, the One Spot nothing but works with Apple’s Find My network.
That may be an upgrade for anyone already using Apple products, as a Bluetooth tracking tag is only as effective as the number of users on the same network. And while Chipolo has been around for a while, it’s still much smaller compared to more established players like Tile or the hundreds of millions of Apple devices around the world.
The One Spot also offers some Find My specific features, such as a “Lost modeAllows users to tag an item as missing – which in turn notifies other Find My users with a short message and a phone number to help you get your stuff back.
It’s kind of a mind-boggling product, given the context of Apple’s rumored AirTags tracker that may be released later in 2021, and similarly would be a Find My-exclusive Bluetooth tag to track lost or missing items. Chipolo’s tracker lacks the rumored Ultra-WideBand radio support that Apple’s tag will reportedly be used for more accurate tracking, but other than that, it’s hard to imagine what else Apple’s tag will bring that is not yet available on the One Spot.
Preorders for the Chipolo One Spot will start in May and shipping is scheduled for early June. No price has been announced yet.