HomePod Mini might include a U1 chip


The U1 chip, which debuted with the iPhone 11 last year, seemed like an indication that Apple has been preparing its own Tile-like tracking accessory. According to a report by Jon Prosser, he is now claiming that the U1 chip is indeed the foundation for even bigger plans and goals beyond just helping find a missing object.

According to Prosser, both the rumored HomePod mini and the new Apple TV should contain the U1 chip. Some of you may be wondering why these devices need a U1 chip? According to Prosser, Apple plans to use these devices as base stations to improve the AR functions in the Find My app.

For example, if you own the HomePod mini or the new Apple TV and don't have the iPhone and Tile-like tracker doing all the work, they can also act as a lookout for the device, giving users more accurate information and maybe even AR-based tracking for your device. It can also be used as a security device that allows users to be remotely notified if one of your devices is moved or taken from home.

Can also be used in the Find My app when you are not home to notify you when any of your devices have been moved or taken away from your home.

– Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) October 12, 2020

We're still not 100 percent sure what Apple has planned for its U1 chip, but if Prosser's tweets are correct, we should get a clearer idea when Apple announces the new devices at its iPhone event tomorrow. Until then, take it with a grain of salt.

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Katherine Clark