iPhone 15: Upgraded Ultra Wideband Chip to Enhance Vision Pro Ecosystem Apple's forthcoming iPhone 15 is expected to host an enhanced Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip, designed to strengthen its integration with the Vision Pro headset, according to leading analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Kuo’s latest prediction, posted on Twitter, suggests that an upgraded UWB processor, presently known as the U1 chip, is part of Apple’s strategic plan to “aggressively upgrade hardware specifications to build a more competitive ecosystem for Vision Pro.” The ecosystem’s success, he suggests, hinges on the integration with other Apple hardware products and key specifications like Wi-Fi and UWB.

The iPhone 15 is likely to boast an upgraded UWB, transitioning from a 16nm to a more advanced 7nm production process. This could result in either improved performance or a reduction in power consumption for nearby interactions.

The U1 chip first made its appearance in the iPhone 11, enabling location-based features like Find My, Precision Finding, and AirDrop. It’s also found in other Apple devices, including the Apple Watch Series 6, HomePod mini, second-generation HomePod, AirTag trackers, and the charging case for the second-generation AirPods Pro.

Looking beyond the iPhone 15, Kuo predicts the iPhone 16 will support Wi-Fi 7, which he says “will be more conducive to Apple’s integration of hardware products running on the same local network and provide a better ecosystem experience.

As the next milestone in Wi-Fi technology, Wi-Fi 7 is touted to deliver speeds of “at least 30” gigabits per second, with potential to reach up to 40Gbps, as per the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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Apple’s Vision Pro headset, unveiled earlier this month at WWDC, is set to launch in early 2024. There’s also a more affordable model reportedly in the pipeline for a late 2025 release.

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