The Motion coprocessor that helps previous iPhone models track their exact location is reportedly getting such a huge upgrade it’ll have a new name. Code in iOS 13 indicates that the upcoming iPhone 11’s Apple A13 processor includes an “R1” or “Rose” coprocessor that can handle many more sensors.
This is location sensing that goes way beyond GPS, and will be used in augmented reality, finding item-tracking tags and much more.
R-series location coprocessor
The M12 coprocessor in last year’s A12 chip compiles data from an iPhone’s or iPad’s accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and barometer.
The R1 reportedly add’s support for ultra-wideband (UWB), supposedly used in the item-tracking tags Apple will soon introduce.
This coprocessor is also expected to include an inertial measurement unit (IMU), as well as motion capture and optical tracking in the iPhone’s camera, allowing for some sophisticated filming and Augmented Reality techniques.
In addition, the R1 will allegedly support Bluetooth 5.1’s Angle of Arrival (AoA) and Angle of Departure (AoD) features.
This will be part of the A13 processor at the heart of the 2019 iPhone models. This chip is reportedly going to be faster than any processor available to Android-based phones or tablets.