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Apple and BMW’s digital car key hints at the future of the iPhone

At WWDC this week, Apple unveiled one of the first uses of its U1 chips These chips, which utilise a wireless technology called ultra-wideband (UWB), are referred to by Apple as “GPS at the scale of your living room”. Or you could call it Bluetooth on steroids.

Apple’s U1-chipped iPhones will now be able to serve as digital car keys to wirelessly unlock and start your car. NFC digital car keys are not new, Samsung has its own version, but they require you to get your phone out and physically tap the door to unlock. This new UWB method (that

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The future of the Apple Watch is sensor-packed healthcare

One day in 2018, a letter landed on the desk of Sumbul Desai, Apple’s vice president of health. It was from a woman thanking Apple for saving her life. The woman recounted how, a few weeks after having a baby, she had received an alert from her Apple Watch indicating that her heart rate was abnormally high. This prompted her to go to hospital, where she was diagnosed with thyroid storm, a condition that elevates heart rate and body temperature to dangerous levels and, if left untreated, can be fatal. “Had she not paid attention to it, her outcome could

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