Apple has expanded the availability of Ultra Wide Band to more countries
Apple this week quietly increased the availability of Ultra Wide Band (UWB), which is present in some of its devices, and in more countries. UWB technology is used by Apple’s U1 chip to provide precise location and local awareness. The extension is likely to be part of iOS 14.7, which was released to users earlier this week.
As noted MicromersAccording to a support page on Apple’s website, Ultra Wide Band technology is now available in Argentina, Pakistan, Paraguay and the Solomon Islands. The article was updated on Tuesday, the day after the release of iOS 14.7.
Apple’s U1 chip, first introduced with the iPhone 11 in 2019, uses ultra-wide band technology to enhance device localization. This will tell you exactly where another device is located and the distance between them. For example, Apple is using the U1 chip to enable an improved version of AirDrop, air tag tracking, and soon the car without even having an iPhone or Apple Watch near the door lock. There is an option to unlock.
However, due to the frequency of use of this technology, it is not allowed in some countries. Since iOS 13.3.1, Apple has offered users the option to disable the functionality of the U1 chip, so that they do not have to check the user’s location every time they are not in a supported region.
According to Apple, these are the countries where ultra wide band technology is still not available.
And here are the latest tools and accessories with ultra wide band support.
- IPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
- IPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Home Pod Money
- Air tag
Apple has also expanded support to more countries for the Apple Watch ECG app with iOS 14.7 and Watch OS 7.6, as we mentioned here.
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