Apple’s U1 Chip Could Change The iPhone

There was a discussion about whether or not the latest iPad Pros contain Apple’s U1 ultra wideband chips (spoiler alert: they don’t have it). However, processors could have a dramatic effect on the next generation of iPhones, as Samuel Axon explains for Wired.

Apple has been silent on its long-term plans for the chip, but researchers have found many applications for UWB. It was originally introduced to consumers (with little success) as a way to quickly transfer large files to nearby personal devices, but the proliferation of smart home and location technologies has given it new life. For example, UWB could be used to unlock your car door when you approach it. While this is possible with other wireless technologies, UWB is significantly more precise than, say, Bluetooth Low Energy – precise enough to know which specific door you are next to, so only that door is unlocked. . The leaks from Cupertino have indicated that Apple is predicting a competitor for Tile – the electronic tags that you attach to valuables so you can locate them with an app. Since Tile products are based on Bluetooth LE, smartphones and location beacons equipped with U1 would be more precise in finding a precise location.

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