Apple has been quietly sticking special locator beacon chips into some of its new iPhones thatll let you unlock your car and find lost items through walls the latter thanks to the $29 AirTags announced today but sadly, you wont find that chip in the new M1-based iPad Pros or the long-awaited new Siri remote for the Apple TV.
Apple confirmed to us that the U1 locator chip, which uses pulses of ultra-wideband (UWB) radio to broadcast its precise location, wont appear in the Siri remote. Were waiting on final bulletproof confirmation about the iPad Pros, but it also doesnt appear in their product page, spec sheet, or press release. Last years iPad Pros didnt include a U1 chip, either.
Is Apple expecting us to stick AirTags to our iPads and TV remotes to escape the jaws of the ever-ravenous couch? Unlikely, but the company has been pretty choosey about which devices get the chip so far. You can find it in the iPhone 11 and newer (but not the iPhone SE) and the Apple Watch Series 6 (but not the Apple Watch SE), but were pretty sure it hasnt made its way to any iPads or MacBooks that have been announced since the chips introduction in September 2019.
Theoretically, Apple could build an ecosystem where any Apple device can easily find any other Apple device (not to mention UWB devices from Samsung, which is also deeply invested in the tech and has its own AirTag-like device as well). But for now, youll primarily just be using your phone to find AirTags, not other gadgets, except perhaps your future car.