One of the biggest problems for Appleâ€™s AirPods (apart from â€œdo they actually stay in your ears?â€) is finding the damn things if you lose one down the back of a couch. A $3.99 app that launched last week named â€œFinder for AirPods” aimed to fix this problem, but Apple, for some reason, has objected. As first reported by MacRumors, the â€œFinder for AirPodsâ€ app has been removed for the App Store without an official explanation.
The app itself seems to have been a mixed bag. It used the AirPodsâ€™ Bluetooth signal to track them down, telling users they were warmer or colder the signal increased or decreased in strength. As MacRumors pointed out, this is a pretty inaccurate mechanism for locating a small object like an earbud, but, itâ€™s better than nothing. The alternative? Paying $69 for a replacement.Finder for AirPods featured an easy-to-use UI.
Weâ€™ve reached out to Apple to find out why it removed the app. The inaccuracy might have been a problem, but itâ€™s not like this was one of those turn-your-iPad-into-scales apps that are actively deceptive. Weâ€™ll update this story when we find out more. If you already purchased the app, you can request a refund through iTunes.