Apple this week released the first beta version of macOS Monterey 12.3, which comes with new features such as Universal Control and secure notes in Safari’s password manager. The update also prepares the operating system for Macs for a promising future. Internal system files hint that ultra-wideband (or UWB) could come to Macs.
The latest beta version of macOS 12 includes the necessary elements, those that are parts of the system that runs in the background, to support ultra-wideband technology. These are the same tools already used to provide UWB support on iOS devices with the U1 chip. Ultra Wide Band is a short-range wireless communication protocol. It is used so that two or more devices with this technology and that are in the same room can accurately locate each other.
This technology is not new, since the American company first introduced it on the iPhone 11 in 2019. It later expanded it to the Apple Watch, HomePod mini and AirTags. In the Apple ecosystem, this allows AirDrop to be faster. carKey authentication works without even having to take your iPhone out of your pocket. That the fast transfer of AirPlay and the precise location used by the Find My network work the first time and a long etcetera.
These benefits could extend to the Mac if Apple decides to bring the U1 chip to its computers. Now, we do not know if this will definitely be evidence because at the moment we know that the latest iPad models do not have this technology. So the only certainty we have now is that Apple has been experimenting with UWB technology with more devices. It’s not yet clear when exactly we’ll see Macs and iPads with the U1 chip.