Apple’s iPhone has been a pioneer in introducing Ultra Wideband capabilities to smartphones, making it easier to locate lost items, such as your car keys with an AirTag tucked away in the sofa cushions. With the forthcoming release of the iPhone 15, Apple is taking this technology a step further by incorporating its second-generation Ultra Wideband chip. This upgrade will enable the iPhone to connect to other devices equipped with the same chip from up to three times farther away.
What does this mean for users? Well, apart from helping you find your lost belongings more efficiently, it will also make it easier to locate your friends in a crowd. With the iPhone 15, Apple is introducing precision finding, a feature that allows you to navigate through crowded places like concerts, train stations, or farmers’ markets to locate friends who are sharing their location with you. Imagine being guided directly to your friends with clear directions and distance indicators, thanks to these improved finding capabilities.
But that’s not all the iPhone 15 has in store for users. It will come with other communication enhancements, such as improved audio quality that prioritizes your voice. This means that when you need to call your friends in a noisy environment, like that bustling market, they’ll hear you more clearly, with less background noise interfering with your conversation.
Moreover, in situations where you find yourself off the grid, the iPhone 15 has a feature that could be a lifesaver. It supports satellite calls through Emergency SOS. This feature, initially available in 14 countries across three continents, is expanding to include Spain and Switzerland this month. A new addition to this feature is roadside assistance via satellite. If you’re in need of roadside help, you can send a text to connect with a roadside assistance provider.
In a nutshell, the iPhone 15 is all about improving connections, whether it’s finding your friends in a crowd or ensuring clearer communication, even in noisy settings. Additionally, it offers a safety net with satellite-based services for emergencies and roadside assistance, making it a promising addition to Apple’s iPhone lineup.