With the iPhone 11 (Pro) Apple is expanding not only the range of Pro devices, but also the specially developed chips. In all three new iPhones is the ultra-wideband chip U1, which is to locate other Apple devices precisely. This first plays a role in AirDrop, because U1 tracker Apple has not presented.
The list of Apple developed chips is getting longer. Formerly only the A-processors for the iPhone and iPad, there are now the S-series and W-chips for smartwatches, the H1 for the headphones AirPods and the T-series for the iMac and MacBook, around there security tasks around Take over Touch ID.
Apple says little about the U1
Yesterday evening, the Apple U1 has been added, but it has barely noticed by viewers. The new chip appeared only briefly in the feature summaries of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. On the Websites about iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro will describe the chip a little more accurately, while in the technical data of the smartphone in turn is not mentioned a word.
Thus, the Apple U1 is a developed by the company itself chip with ultra-broadband technology to locate other Apple devices with U1 chip more accurate. What are other Apple devices with U1 chip? First of all only the new smartphones introduced yesterday. And this is exactly where the U1 plays a role when using AirDrop. In the combination of new iPhone, U1 and iOS 13 should be prioritized by directing to another device, to whom files should be sent. People in the immediate vicinity of the new iPhone appear higher up in the list of suggestions than more distant people in the same room. Apple says the U1 works “similar to GPS, only on room size“.
Apple plans more with the U1
Apple also says that this is just the beginning and that the U1 “make great new features possible” will. One of them could be a network of trackers similar like the company Tile be. Because hints in the code of the beta of iOS 13 let assume a presentation of Apple's trackers in the context of the presentation of the iPhones. However, it did not happen yesterday evening, nor did it come to the presentation of AirPods with Active Noise Canceling. That the new one MacBook Pro with 16 inches was not presented or more details about Mac pro lacked, however, is not surprising. There will probably be a separate event in October.
Even if Apple CEO Tim Cook wanted to get straight to the product concept yesterday and saved a summary of the successes of the last few months, because there was simply no time for that, the keynote was 100 minutes surprisingly short. Usually, the keynotes have a length of two hours. 9to5Mac suspects that Apple has short term the idea of ”Apple Tags” or even its own VR headsets, which had also previously appeared in the source code, have moved.