Apple today declared the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 professional, that embrace associate degree Ultra-Wideband abstraction location chip as noted on their school specs page.
However, Apple glossed over this detail in the event. It’s also notable that the widely-rumored Apple Tag, expected to be similar to a Tile tracker, was not unveiled today. The Tag was expected to work in concert with the UWB location features of the new iPhones.
On the school specs page, Apple’s web site confirms that each the iPhone 11 and also the iPhone 11 professional embrace associate degree Ultra-Wideband chip for abstraction awareness.
However, Apple failed to mention this detail within the keynote and its addressed on the feature promoting pages in just one place … to change a brand new airdrop feature. The iPhone 11 will be ready to sort the airdrop contacts by proximity, therefore you’ll simply point towards the recipient you wish to send to and their name bubbles up to the top.
Apple brands the new location chip as ‘U1’ and represented it as the precise location of alternative U1-enabled devices within the area. this would have enabled a brand new increased reality experience for the Apple Tag tracker, wherever a user may hold up their iPhone and see a balloon to mark the lost item’s location.
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However, what was notably missing from the keynote today was a U1 device: the Apple tracker tile accessory. because the keynote was only an hour and forty minutes in duration, it looks like Apple might have cut the Apple Tag announcement at the last minute. Apple events are sometimes timed to hit the 2-hour mark. maybe the lost twenty minutes can re-emerge at an Apple event next month, where the Apple Tag can finally be revealed?
By the way, the new airdrop experience is coming back as a part of iOS 13.1 on Sep 30.