Connected objects integrate better with Apple’s U1 chip
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Connected objects integrate better with Apple’s U1 chip

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The novelty announced at WWDC is taking its first steps with third-party manufacturers.

Qorvo , which designs UWB (ultra wideband) chips for connected object brands, has just announced that it has successfully passed the tests to obtain MFi certification. This, granted by Apple, guarantees that the labeled items are optimized to work hand in hand and without danger with its iPhone. The program already concerns controllers, Lightning keys and even cables.

This news means that additional products are potentially in the pipeline: we know that Qorvo has already worked with Xiaomi for its router, but the Chinese also offers air purifiers and many other solutions for the connected home. Volkswagen is also one of the founder’s customers, its vehicles sometimes being delivered with CarPlay in the dashboard.

What was said at WWDC 2022

In June, Apple presented its Worldwide Developer Conference online and at its premises in Cupertino. Several brand changes have been made to iOS and iPadOS 16. On iPhone, the publisher notably announced that third-party accessories will now be able to interact with the mobile’s U1 (ultra wideband) chip in the background , so as to offer a smoother user experience.

We do not know precisely in what form this major partnership will materialize, but looking at the case of certain Apple devices with similar capabilities can help to understand the issues. For example, when it comes to finding a lost AirTag , iPhones with U1 chip communicate with the tag and geolocate you directly with precision so as to tell you which direction to go. We can imagine that in the background, this solution is useful to search for an AirTag in the car but focusing on the GPS in the foreground.

Which models are eligible?

The U1 chip is integrated into the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro collections . We assume without hesitation that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will also be entitled to it, or even that they will be equipped with a new generation of the component.

On the watch side, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch Series 7 also ship the U1 chip and this should be the case for the Series 8 in preparation, expected by September. With this, the HomePod mini and therefore the AirTags are also compatible with future third-party integrations.

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