One of the minimized components of Apple’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro is the new U1 chip. He has not received particular attention on the stage of the event but will strengthen those that Apple says that in the future will be ” incredible new features ” for iOS devices, including a more accurate and directional version of AirDrop coming with iOS 13.
The new U1 chip designed by Apple uses so-called Ultra-Wideband technology for spatial awareness. It is said that the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) will arrive on the iPhone in 2019 and will greatly help to identify the position of the iBeacon for inland navigation, finding other iPhones or future iPads with a U1 chip, selection of the AirDrop recipient, the image of augmented reality position and similar uses.
The UWB was once proposed as part of a personal area network and was in draft standards for a while after the beginning of the century. Time and Bluetooth have progressed and the concept has finally been shelved.
Bluetooth 5.1 has position detection and range detection, but UWB is more accurate and uses a slightly different technology for detection. The data can be contained in a UWB pulse, which is probably what Apple is using to identify AirDrop recipients.
UWBs are universally short-range applications, given the low power and short duration of the impulses used in the technology. Unlike some wireless technologies, walls are not really a problem for UWB localization and direction detection.
Most of the features of U1 are available in iOS 13.1 and not on iOS 13, which will be pre-installed on the new iPhone. AirDrop has been improved with better management awareness and suggestions on who to send a file with that version of the operating system.
The technology will probably improve the ” Where is ” app in the future and improvements in inland navigation and Maps are obvious. We had already talked about the Apple Tag, the device that will allow us to find lost objects, and this new chip seems made for him.
Apple has high hopes for the U1. In the Tuesday event that saw the debut of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple says that not only is it the first UWB installation on a smartphone, but it will also add new features to the iPhone, and it’s just the beginning of what Apple has in mind for technology.