by Juli Clover
Initial Find My accessories from VanMoof, Belkin, and Chipolo will work with Find My using Bluetooth, but Apple is developing a U1 specification for chipset makers that will let third-party devices take advantage of the U1 Ultra Wideband chip built into the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models.
According to Apple, third-party accessories that offer Ultra Wideband support for the U1 chip will be able to offer a “more precise, directionally aware experience when nearby,” making tracking an item to a specific location easier, especially when that item is close by.
Items that have Ultra Wideband will be able to be tracked more precisely with devices that have a U1 chip, which includes all of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models.
Apple’s decision to open up access to the U1 chip in the iPhones for Find My will put third-party accessories that integrate Ultra Wideband on par with the rumored AirTags. AirTags will feature U1 chip support for more accurate tracking, according to rumors, so Apple will have no specific edge over competitors with the way that the Find My program is set up.
There has been some pushback from Tile on rumors of AirTags, so Apple likely wanted to avoid any kind of situation where it looked like its own accessories were getting special treatment not available to third-party accessories.
Apple says that its U1 specification will be available to device makers “later this spring,” so it will still be some time before we see Ultra Wideband-compatible accessories that work with the Find My app.
Monday April 5, 2021 1:54 am PDT by Sami Fathi
Apple has adjusted the trade-in values of a number of its products, including the majority of the iPad and Mac lineup, while also making some changes to iPhone. Apple’s trade-in program allows customers to trade-in older devices, and receive a certain amount of value for them, to use towards a purchase of a new device. The exact trade-in value a device has is measured by its condition, when …
Technicians in China have reportedly succeeded in upgrading the memory and storage of the M1 chip, suggesting that Apple’s integrated custom silicon for the Mac may be more flexible than previously thought.
Reports of maintenance technicians being able to expand the memory and storage of M1 Macs began circulating on Chinese social media over the weekend, but now international reports have…
Tuesday April 6, 2021 1:03 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple yesterday updated its Apple Music for Artists app with some minor bug fixes and improvements, but also one other notable change — a new icon. New icon on the right The Apple Music for Artists app now features a simpler, streamlined icon with a pinkish red music logo rather than the multicolored logo that was used before. The icon also has an embossed look that makes it stand out from…
Sunday April 4, 2021 1:12 pm PDT by Sami Fathi
Images shared by Japanese site Mac Otakara claim to show a 3D-printed mockup of the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro with a smaller notch, and repositioned earpiece and front camera, but with minimal changes otherwise.
According to the images, Apple plans to move the earpiece to the top of the notch within the screen bezel, lining up with a previous photo shared by MacRumors that shows the…
Monday April 5, 2021 10:07 am PDT by Juli Clover
Microsoft today shared an ad that pits the Surface Pro 7 against Apple’s iPad Pro, in a continuation of a Surface Pro 7 vs. MacBook ad campaign that kicked off in January.
The ad highlights the Surface Pro 7’s kickstand, pointing out that the iPad does not have a built-in kickstand option, and it calls the iPad Pro’s keyboard “a lot heavier” than the Surface option.
Microsoft also goes…
Monday April 5, 2021 4:32 am PDT by Sami Fathi
In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times’ Kara Swisher, on her podcast “Sway,” Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about Apple’s feud with Facebook, its stance on privacy, Apple’s legal battle with Epic Games, and possible future Apple innovations such as Apple Glasses.
Apple is in the midst of a heated public spat with Facebook over privacy, particularly over an upcoming feature on iOS that …
While we’re still waiting on word of a potential Apple event in April, we did get confirmation about another upcoming Apple event this week, WWDC 2021, which will return to its usual early June timeframe but remain in an all-virtual format similar to last year’s edition.
Other Apple news and rumors this week included a report about future iPhone SE models, a crazy Apple patent filing that…
Tuesday April 6, 2021 12:37 am PDT by Sami Fathi
WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will allow users to transfer their chat history, logs, and transcripts between iOS and Android devices, making it easier for WhatsApp users to switch between the two platforms. The new future, in the early stages of development, was brought to light by WABetaInfo, who often shares unreleased and hidden features behind the chatting service. According to …
Tuesday April 6, 2021 7:29 am PDT by Sami Fathi
Longtime Apple supplier TSMC is set to begin mass shipments of Apple’s upcoming A15 chip for the iPhone 13 ahead of schedule at the end of May, according to a snippet of a full report set to be published tomorrow by DigiTimes.
The new chip will be based on an enhanced version of the 5nm process, which first debuted in the A14 Bionic with the 2020 iPad Air and iPhone 12 lineup. While the full …
Monday April 5, 2021 11:34 am PDT by Juli Clover
Facebook and Apple are squabbling over document requests in the ongoing Epic v. Apple legal battle, according to a new discovery letter filed with the court today. Facebook is involved because Facebook executive Vivek Sharma is set to testify on behalf of Epic.
Apple wants a “limited set of documents” that are needed for a fair cross examination of Sharma, who plans to testify about Apple’s…