Apple debuted the U1 Ultra Wideband chip with the iPhone 11, and it set the standard for all of the company’s later iPhones that they’ll introduce. The only exceptions are the second and third generation iPhone SE. Apple has also brought the U1 chip to the AirTag, HomePod mini, Apple Watch Series 6 and later models (excluding the SE), and the second-generation AirPods Pro. iPhones equipped with the U1 chip can precisely locate those accessories via Find My and Precision Finding, but they can also communicate with other U1-equipped iPhones with spatial awareness features such as AirDrop.
Now, Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that Apple planned to bring the next-generation Ultra Wideband chip to its upcoming iPhone 15 series, which is expected to be introduced this September. He expects this chip to move from a 16nm process to the more advanced 7nm process, which will feature performance gains and efficiency improvements. Additionally, with the recent “sneak peek” of Apple Vision Pro, Kuo expects this chip to be even more integrated with the upcoming ecosystem that Vision Pro will offer.
Although we don’t have all the details of its technical specs, we expect Vision Pro to launch sometime early next year, and we could see an entry-level version of that product sometime the year after.