An app that helps you find your lost AirPods sounds great, right? Wrong, at least as far as Apple is concerned. The third-party app was far from perfect, but a flawed solution is surely better than no solution.
Apple announced the AirPods in September 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Unfortunately, delays in production meant the Apple AirPods didn’t go on sale until December 2016. And that’s when we discovered Apple will charge you $69 when you lose one of your AirPods.
Despite looking decidedly odd — like someone decided to snip the wire on your regular EarPods — Apple’s AirPods are actually rather good. There’s just one problem (apart from the aforementioned aesthetics): it’s rather easy to lose one, or the other, or both.
Apple’s AirPods just sit in your ears. They’re a snug fit, but if you jerk your head suddenly, or start doing rigorous exercise, one can easily fly out. We’re pretty sure you could also lose one down the toilet without too much trouble. Especially when inebriated.
Finder for AirPods Gets Lost
Working on the assumption people will lose their AirPods on a regular basis, an iOS developer called Deucks created an app called Finder for AirPods. This app uses the strength of the Bluetooth signal to help you find your lost AirPods. Or at least it did until Apple killed it.
According to Reddit, Apple removed Finder for AirPods after the company deemed it “not appropriate for the App Store”. What that actually means is anyone’s guess, but don’t be surprised to find a similar solution included in a future iteration of iOS.
In the meantime, anyone who has already purchased the Finder for AirPods app can request a refund from Apple. However, if you own AirPods and don’t fancy having to shell out $69 every time you lose one, be sure to take damn good care of them.
Do you own a pair of Apple AirPods? Have you mislaid one or both? Even temporarily? Did you purchase the Finder for AirPods app? What did you think of it? Why do you think Apple removed Finder for AirPods from the App Store? Please let us know in the comments below!