- The iPhone 12 phones will pack a few custom Apple chips, the silicone piece that was introduced with the Apple iPhone 11 last year, and added to the Apple Watch 6 this year.
- The U1 chip allows for better localization of people and devices, but the latest leak indicates that Apple has big plans to advance the technology.
- Upcoming products, including the Homepod Mini and the new Apple TV, will serve as UWB base stations to enable more advanced smart home features and other automation functions based on an individual’s indoor location.
October is the thirteenth day of the year to see Apple’s 2020 iPhone models. Corona virus health crisis forces Apple to delay iPhone 12 series launch event by one month On top of that, two of the four iPhone 12 versions will hit stores by mid-November next week, and shipping will begin for buyers of the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and 6.1-inch iPhone Pro. That’s what the iPhone 12 rumors say. We recently received extensive iPhone 12 leaks that provide more details about some of the key iPhone 12 features, such as the camera and battery confirmed by previous iPhone 12 rumors.
All four iPhone 12 phones should include some new chips. First of all, we have the 5nm A14 Bionic that Apple introduced last month with the iPod Air. Thanks to a Qualcomm 5G modem, all these phones have 5G connectivity and the name of the chip maker is unlikely to appear on stage during the presentation. More interestingly, Apple definitely has another custom chip that packs into the iPhone 12 series, as it did on the iPhone 11 models. It’s actually one of Apple’s most mysterious chips so far, because Apple did not turn it on – or did a great thing about it. However, new reports suggest that Apple may soon make use of it.
In the weeks leading up to the iPhone 11 event last year, we heard about a new Apple custom chip that provides accurate location tracking. Apple confirmed the U1 chip at the event, explaining that it would allow people to find people and objects “more accurately than ever,” thanks to the new Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology:
Ultra wideband technology is coming to the iPhone. The new Apple – designed U1 chip uses ultra wideband technology for spatial awareness – allowing the iPhone 11 to be accurately detected by other U1-equipped Apple devices. Think GPS on the scale of your living room. So, if you want to share a file with anyone who uses AirDrop, point your iPhone at them and they will be at the top of the list.
We expected the U1 chip to work with rumor trackers running Apple, yet unofficial Apple tags. But that never happened.
You can also use the My Finds app when you are away from home to let them know if any of your equipment has been removed or taken away from your home.
– John Prosser (@jon_prosser) October 12, 2020
This may change soon as Apple plans to make more widespread use of UWB chips. In a series of tweets, John Proser said that the upcoming HomePod Mini and the new Apple TV will serve as UWB base stations. They track your location as you walk into the house with other U1 devices. Accurate location data can then be used to adjust media controls, brightness and volume control, and unlock doors.
Liquor said UWB technology will turn standard hardware into homekit hardware. Technology can monitor home appliances and provide notifications when something is moved or taken away.
Processor also said that UWM devices are “very intelligent Trojan horses”, which will allow Apple to enable AR features for the home within the Find My app. All of this makes sense given Apple’s huge interest in developed technology. Apple is known for creating “next level stuff” through incremental moves that form the basis for more complex operations.
The U1 chip may have limited functionality in the iPhone 11 series, but that may change as Apple upgrades its UWB technology.
If the processor seems to be right, the iPhone and other smart Apple devices may offer a new type of smart home experience. Doors with smart locks can be opened automatically if the authorized device is within range, just as smart lights are turned on when you arrive. As you move from room to room, you can adjust the brightness of the light accordingly to save energy. Other homekit functions can then be automated with the help of the iPhone and linked to the exact home location.
Apple unveiled the U1 chip this summer to developers with a new “close interaction” framework to create additional experiences possible.
Finally, the U1 chip is included in the new Apple Watch Series 6, which will be included in many Apple devices in the future.