Apple this week quietly expanded the availability of Ultra Wideband (UWB), which is present in some of the devices, to more countries. UWB technology is used by Apple’s U1 chip to provide precise placement and spatial awareness. The extension is probably part of iOS 14.7, which was released earlier this week to users.
As noted by MacRumors, Ultra Wideband technology is now available in Argentina, Pakistan, Paraguay and the Solomon Islands, according to a support page on Apple’s website. The article was updated on Tuesday, the day after iOS 14.7 was released.
However, this technology is not allowed in any country due to the frequency it uses. Since iOS 13.3.1, Apple offers an option for users to disable the functionality of the U1 chip, so that it does not continue to check the user’s location all the time when it is not in a supported region.
According to Apple, these are the countries where Ultra Wideband technology is still not available:
And here are the current devices and accessories with Ultra Wideband support:
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Apple Watch Series 6
- HomePod mini
Apple has also extended support for the Apple Watch ECG app to more countries with iOS 14.7 and watchOS 7.6, which we covered here.
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