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2020 iPad Pro May Not Have a U1 Ultra Wideband Chip After All

2020 iPad Pro May Not Have a U1 Ultra Wideband Chip After All

While it was beforehand reported that every one 2020 iPad Pro fashions characteristic the identical Apple-designed U1 chip because the iPhone 11 lineup, enabling Ultra Wideband assist, now we have compiled proof to recommend that this will not be the case.


As a reminder, Apple’s tech specs for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro listing an Ultra Wideband chip for spatial consciousness, however the chip shouldn’t be talked about in Apple’s tech specs for the brand new iPad Pro. Apple additionally didn’t point out the brand new iPad Pro that includes the U1 chip in its press launch or in some other advertising and marketing supplies for the system.

Beyond that, the directional AirDrop characteristic that the U1 chip permits on iPhone 11 fashions shouldn’t be current on the brand new iPad Pro working iPadOS 13.four. Likewise, the Ultra Wideband toggle change that Apple added to iPhones in iOS 13.three.1 shouldn’t be current on the brand new iPad Pro.

While all of this might recommend that Apple has merely disabled the U1 chip within the new iPad Pro till it turns into extra helpful, reminiscent of when Apple releases its rumored AirTags merchandise monitoring tags, extra proof suggests in any other case.

Earlier this week, the teardown consultants at iFixit knowledgeable us that they’d but to seek out bodily proof of the U1 chip within the new iPad Pro. However, iFixit did notice that it had but to take away RF shielding from the logic board to substantiate this.

The largest clue of all is that FCC filings for all iPhone 11 fashions listing working frequencies within the 6GHz vary and the 7-8GHz vary, and the foundations for these frequencies factors to “Subpart F — Ultra-Wideband Operation.” TechInsights final 12 months reported that the U1 chip in iPhone 11 fashions transmits on two completely different frequencies, 6.24GHz and eight.23GHz.

By comparability, FCC filings point out that every one 2020 iPad Pro fashions function inside a max frequency vary of 5GHz for Wi-Fi.

All of this presents a fairly stable case that the brand new iPad Pro may not have a U1 chip in any case, however now we have but to substantiate this with out a doubt. When revealed, iFixit’s full teardown of the brand new iPad Pro ought to present a definitive reply.

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