The iPhone 11 currently has the U1 chip that affords improved positioning data features compared to the current Bluetooth technology. More than just better positioning, the iPhone 11’s U1 chip opens up the device to a myriad of new features that could improve the device further. Here are some of the potential features that could be implemented soon.

Better Location Data

The new U1 chip from Apple allows its devices to locate nearby smartphones and send more accurate signals about its position. The chip is precise with its signals and this would allow apps and features in the future to fully rely on the location data provided by the phones.

Potentially, Apple iPhone 11 owners may see services that use this precise location finder chip to deliver services their way. The apps that could use this in the future include smart home tech, augmented reality, mobile payments, keyless car entry, and indoor navigation, according to SixColors. Apple has avenues to pull off these features off, namely: its new services and subscriptions this 2019 and some patented devices that could make use of these features in the future.

Ultra Wideband Technology

The Ultra Wideband Technology (UWB) technology is considered to be the next step for Bluetooth in terms of providing location data. The UWB has better range than Bluetooth and can be flexible enough to shorten its range if needed.

So far, Apple’s iPhone 11 lineup will be the first smartphones to have this feature. While adoption of the device feels like a luxury right now, Apple is setting the new technology’s foundations in public which could potentially encourage its rivals to have it too, similar to the 5G mobile data technology.

More Details

Apple has another upcoming special event this October. The company is silent about the reveals at this event, but it’s highly possible that Apple could have some new services lined up since Tim Cook’s firm is interested in pushing out many services and subscriptions this 2019.

For now, Apple is about to pioneer a technology that could help it innovate and take the lead in the smartphone industry once more.

Apple Senior Director of Product Marketing Kaiann Drance speaks onstage about the iPhone 11's cameras during a product launch event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Chinese consumers prefer the iPhone 11 because of its aggressive pricing. (Apple Senior Director of Product Marketing Kaiann Drance speaks onstage about the iPhone 11's cameras during a product launch event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California) Photo: AFP / Josh Edelson