2020 iPad Pro Misses Out On Apple’s U1 Ultra Wideband Chip

2020 iPad Pro Keyboard Dock

The 2020 iPad Pro comes with the latest and greatest hardware from Apple’s stable, including the A12Z Bionic chipset, a dual-camera system with an additional LiDAR sensor, a quad-speaker setup, and a USB Type-C port. However, it misses out on a chip that’s used for Ultra Wideband connectivity.

After the launch of the 2020 iPad Pro, everyone had assumed that Apple would embed its U1 Ultra Wideband chipset into its newest and highest-end iPads. However, the company didn’t include it in the specifications page or the press release. After various reports, it has now been confirmed that the U1 chipset is missing from both 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has now confirmed via insider sources that the newest iPad Pros do not feature the U1 Ultra Wideband chipset. He said, “If there were one, Apple would have told us so,” in his report. The initial 2020 iPad Pro hardware teardown by iFixit also failed to find a trace of the U1 chipset. Apple Insider’s teardown also confirmed the absence of the chipset from the iPad Pro.

The U1 UWB chipset was first used in the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and it allows features like precise and short-range location tracking. Apple is also using it for directional AirDrop, which makes it easier to send files to people directly in front of you. It is being reported that the U1 chipset will also be used in Apple’s upcoming AirTag, a short-range location tracker.

A few days ago, it was also reported that Apple could use Ultra Wideband chipset for AR-based indoor navigation and keyless car entry. The company recently tied up with a startup to bring more reliable AR maps in third-party apps for indoor navigation, and developers could make use of the U1 chipset for more reliability.

[Source: Daring Fireball]