Apple quietly reveals that the Watch Series 6 will be the first with the U1 locator chip


In September 2019, Apple added a new feature to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, with not a single word on the platform – and it again worked with the Apple Watch Series 6 today.

The feature is Apple’s U1 ultra-wideband locator chip, which allows these devices to find each other, search for other gadgets equipped with similar technology, and even unlock your car and your door without ever pulling an iPhone from your pocket. Can facilitate

For a brief moment during today’s presentation, buried in the slide that we have barely managed to screencap:

And comparing the official Apple Watch Specs to the page, we can see that it is In college The $ 399 Series 6 that is getting the U1 chip, not the new Apple Watch SE. It is not in the Series 5 either, and it was also missing from the 2020 iPhone SE announcement.

It’s unclear when Apple will actually do something worthwhile with this functionality, which is probably why the company hasn’t made a big deal out of it yet. Apple is hoping to connect it with the idea of ​​its digital car keys in the not too distant future, and is part of a consortium advancing this technology. But it’s unclear if any automaker is on board: The first iteration of the digital key idea will depend on tapping an NFC-equipped device for your car.

It can also help make Apple a powerful way to find lost items. Apple recently offered an Olive branch to companies selling GPS and Bluetooth-based trackers by offering to expand its Find My Network to their devices, and has long been working on an “airtag” device The rumor that you may have liked more was the exact tile tracker. You’ll stick it on an object or throw it in your bag, and your U1 device can theoretically show you exactly where your remote control, purse, keys, or laptop bag are hidden.

But so far, the U1 has been limited in one way to share photos with another iPhone user in a room. Here’s hoping that, at the very least, Apple will let your iPhone and Watch find each other soon.