The iPad Pro (2020) is already with us. At Apple we have an extensive analysis of these new wonders. With the renewal it could be assumed that these new models incorporate the already famous U1 chip and yet there are some doubts about it.
The U1 ultra-wideband chip on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max gives the device spatial awareness. It is a chip that works at between 6 and 8GHz and allows the precise detection of other devices. On current iPhones it allows us, for example, to target another iPhone so that AirDrop can tell us to whom we want to send something among several possible results. Moreover, this is the chip that will allow the use of the more than rumored AirTags, the small “tags” for tracking objects.
The code in iOS version 13.4 seemed to indicate that the newly introduced iPad Pro came with 6GB of RAM and the U1 chips. The amount of memory has been confirmed but the presence of the U1 chips is still a mystery. We have several pieces of evidence:
- In iOS 13.4 the iPad Pro (2020) does not show, in the settings, the switch to disconnect the U1 chip that was added in iOS 13.3.1.
- In iOS 13.4 these same iPads also do not use the directional AirDrop feature as the iPhone 11 does.
- Apple does not mention the presence of the U1 chip either in product marketing or in its press release.
- Earlier this week, when iFixit took apart the new iPad Pro, it said it found no trace of the new chip. They admit, on the other hand, that they still have to investigate a part of the motherboard that is under a protective layer of radio frequencies.
- According to FCC records the iPad Pro (2020) operates at a maximum frequency of 5GHz. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 operates at a maximum of 8GHz.
With this information, two conclusions can be drawn: that the chip is not present in the new iPad Pro or that is present and deactivated . It is plausible to think that Apple is keeping the U1 chip deactivated until it can provide it with more functionality with, for example, the arrival of AirTags. On the other hand, it seems a bit strange to have to ask for a double authorization from the FCC for the same product, especially when the U1 chip is already known and it is not necessary to “hide” it while waiting for another product to be presented.
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For now we’ll have to wait for a complete disassembly of the new iPad Pro to confirm with certainty if it has a U1 chip.