iPhone 11's AirDrop Will Let Users Point At People To Share Files

Aadhya Khatri - Sep 11, 2019, 3:00 pm IST


The U1 chip did not have its own callout in today’s Apple announcement event but with it, users can have a more directional and accurate AirDrop with iOS 13

The new U1 chip did not have its own callout in today’s Apple announcement event, but it is in no way not worth our attention. With the chip in place, now, users can have a more directional and accurate AirDrop with iOS 13.

Apple is using the ultra-wide band, the technology behind Apple’s location tracking feature. This is also what the ‘U’ stands for in U1. With the new chip, Apple’s latest smartphones can communicate with other devices featuring U1 faster and more accurately.

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With the U1 chip, Apple’s latest smartphones can communicate with other devices featuring U1 faster and more accurately

In a way, the U1 can be considered part of the W1 and H1 chip family, which is currently powering the AirPods. What Apple aims at here is to enhance each of the company’s ability to work in harmony with other Apple gadgets, an incentive for users to opt for Apple devices, even when there are better and more affordable options out there.

The new U1 chip will allow for a more accurate AirDrop, meaning if you want to share files with someone who also has the technology, all you have to do is to point your device at theirs and their names will be first on the sharing list.

Another long-awaited device from Apple is the Apple Tag, a Tile-like locator for the important but easy to lose items like keys or wallets. This device was not featured at today’s Apple event, so it might be introduced at the iPad event in October.

Tile also takes some clues from Apple too. The company is working on adding its technology to Bluetooth chip, a similar method to what the iPhone maker did with its U1 chip. Tile has formed a partnership with Bose and Boosted to offer its location-tracking network to their gadgets. And the collaborations with Toshiba, Qualcomm, Silicon Labs, and Dialog Semiconductor will make the compatibility with Tile an option for their chipsets. Tile will be a fierce competitor of Apple when Apple Tag is released.

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