What you need to know
- Apple's rumored tracker will reportedly feature ultra-wideband technology.
- Ultra-wideband technology is said to be far more precise compared to Bluetooth LE.
- Apple's upcoming iPhone models are also expected to feature ultra-wideband technology.
Apple's rumored Tile-like tracker will reportedly feature ultra-wideband (UWB) technology when the device is unveiled next week. If true, Apple's tracker could be much more accurate than Tile, which relies on Bluetooth LE.
Apparently, UWB is up to 100x more accurate than Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi, so users should be able to track down the Apple tracker—and whatever it's attached to—to its precise location.
Electronic Design explains:
The distance between two UWB devices can be measured by observing the time it takes for a radio wave to pass between them, Electronic Design said.
Coincidentally, Apple's next iPhone models are expected to come equipped with UWB, suggesting the company's tracker has been designed to specifically work with Apple's latest smartphone. It's unclear if Apple's tracker will also support Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi.
Yesterday, it was revealed that Tile was sending care packages to journalists, seemingly urging people not to forget them. If Apple's rumored Tile-like device really does feature UWB, and the technology really is that precise, no wonder Tile is nervous.
Over the past few weeks, several reports have revealed detailed information about Apple's alleged Tile-like device. Along with UWB, the tracker is said to feature leashing capabilities and support for ARKit. We should learn more at Apple's September 10 event.
If they get accuracy down to 5-10 cm, I will buy these things in bulk. I will attach them to my AirPods case, put one in my wallet, hang another from my keychain...the possibilities are endless. My experience with Tile was less than impressive because of the lack of accuracy. Like, I know my AirPods case is somewhere in the house, I need you to tell me exactly where. If Apple nails this, they will sell so many they won’t be able to keep them on the shelves. And that doesn’t even being to mention how incredible these would be for folks with cognitive or memory issues.
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