iPad Pro, Siri remote control: Apple refuses to put the AirTag chip in obvious objects
The AirTag, announced yesterday by Apple, is a small disk that allows ultra precise localization thanks to its U1 chip and its Ultra Wideband technology. This chip will not be present in the new Apple TV remote control, nor in the iPad Pro, both also unveiled at the conference on April 20.
The AirTags were presented yesterday by Apple. This is a small object, to hang on your keys (or something else) to easily locate them. With its Ultra Wideband technology (UWB) enabled by the U1 chip, it is possible to know exactly where and how far away from you the AirTag is.
The iPad Pro and the new Apple TV remote, both announced at the same conference, will not have this chip. The two products will therefore not be able to be located by this means. It’s a bit of a shame, especially for a remote control that we often tend to lose in the depths of our sofa. For the iPad Pro, the Locate application, efficient but less precise, will always be present.
Apple is building its own UWB network
As a reminder, the U1 chip made its debut in the iPhone 11 and also equips the iPhone 12 as well as the Apple Watch Series 6. UWB tracking technology does not use GPS, but establishes a radio wave mesh to locate an object much more precisely. Apple could therefore eventually have its own network, mapped with all the products on the market.
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However, not all Apple products have it yet, such as shown in the case of the iPad Pro and the remote control. The iPhone SE doesn’t have one either, just like the AirPods (though, that would help). Apple could democratize its technology more and more in the future and include it in all its products, but for the moment, we are still far from it, the terminals concerned being counted on the fingers of one hand.
As a reminder, Apple presented several products yesterday, the most important of which was the iPad Pro. This new model features two major innovations: the mini-Led screen and an M1 SoC, the same as in MacBooks.