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Apple’s Latest AirPods Max Headphones Do Not Have U1 Chip

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As noted by the folks over at MacRumors, technical specifications for Apple’s latest AirPods Max wireless headphones confirm that they do not contain Ultra-Wideband U1 chip, which allows for improved spatial awareness.

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For those who aren’t familiar, the distance between two devices that support Ultra-Wideband can be measured with much more accuracy than Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi. Apple debuted the U1 chip for Ultra Wideband last year in its iPhone 11 models and has also included it this year in the iPhone 12.

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However, Apple has chosen not to include the U1 chip in the AirPods Max, just like it hasn’t included it in the second-generation iPhone SE, Apple Watch SE, or the latest iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models.

Apple’s use of Ultra Wideband technology has been limited so far, such as a directional AirDrop feature in iOS 13 and later, but the company has promised more exciting use cases in the future. One of those use cases will likely be its long-rumored AirTags items trackers, which analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said will support Ultra Wideband.

Apple has also not yet included the Ultra-Wideband U1 chip in any Mac.

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