Chip in new iPhones can help you find things
The new iPhones have a new type of chip, the U1, which Apple can accurately detect other iPhones. The technology can also be used for location trackers, with which lost things would be traced.
Apple often does not mention every new part when presenting new iPhones. The same goes for the new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, especially the new camera systems and longer battery life. But the phones also have a new type of chip, the U1.
That chip uses ultra-wideband technology. Apple writes on the overview page of the new iPhones. The chip is used “to calculate the precise location of other Apple devices with a U1 chip,” Apple writes. “As if you are adding a new sense to the iPhone, which will provide great new possibilities.”
The first function of the chip is an improved version of the AirDrop software, which allows files to be sent wirelessly between Apple devices. If you direct one iPhone 11 to another, you will see that receiver at the top of the list of AirDrop results. That is more convenient than waiting for Bluetooth and WiFi to find all potential receivers in the area. A small skill, but according to Apple “this is just the beginning”.
Another application of the chip would be in the area of augmented reality since Apple is working on its own AR glasses, which allow you to see virtual images of reality. If one device knows exactly where other devices are in the room, virtual objects can be placed much more realistically
Ultra-wideband can send a lot of data at a short distance. The technology is ideally suited for position determination.
The chip would also come in handy with the location tags that Apple is rumoured to be working on. Users attach these labels to their keys, for example. If that is lost unexpectedly, users could use their iPhone as a kind of radar system for their keys. They not only see that the keys are in the house but also see in which space and direction they should look.
Apple would like to use all existing iPhones according to rumours as a kind of large search network for the location tags. If the owner himself is out of range of his keys, the location could still be picked up via the iPhone of another passer-by.
According to a journalist from news agency Bloomberg, Apple might announce location tags this year.