One of the newer hardware features we’ve seen introduced in Apple’s products over the years is ultra wideband technology. It’s used to help devices more precisely locate each other in a room, which is one of the advantages that the AirTag has over other Bluetooth trackers.
So far, the tech has made its way into devices like the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirTag, just to name a few, but now it looks like Apple could be exploring the idea of bringing it to the Mac as well. This is according to a report from 9to5Mac in which they discovered that the latest macOS 12 beta includes the framework and daemons needed to support ultra wideband technology.
However, this doesn’t mean that a future update will enable the tech for current Macs because it would require the use of the U1 chip, so presumably this could apply to future Mac computers. As to why Apple might use it in a Mac, apart from helping to more precisely locate devices, ultra wideband tech has also helped with other functions.
This includes faster AirDrops and quicker AirPlay transfers. With Apple rumored to potentially be making a portless iPhone, the ability for users to quickly and easily transfer data between their iPhones and their Macs could help sell that idea. There is no word on when we might see ultra wideband introduced to the Mac, but the discovery certainly hints at Apple’s interest in it.