One of the coolest new features of iOS 15 – and little publicized by Apple, even – is the ability to use the Find app to get an approximate location of your iPhone, even if it’s offline or powered off.

The resource, called Low power Find my (Look for low power), has the same operating base as AirTag and will provide even more hope of finding lost or stolen smartphones.

One detail, however, has only been revealed now: according to the 9to5Mac, locating iPhones that are turned off or with power backup will only be compatible with the latest generations of smartphones. More precisely, only devices with the U1 chip can be found even if they are turned off, that is, only the families of the iPhone 11 and 12.

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It is important to distinguish here between device offline (that is, without network access) and powered off. In iOS 15, the search app will be able to locate any iPhone offline, but locating the device off (or in power reserve mode) will be limited to iPhones 11 and 12. The feature description clarifies this difference:

Apple has not explained the reason for this limitation, but it is likely that the U1 chip is responsible for managing this operation even with the device turned off; basically, it’s like you have an AirTag built into the device.

Understandable, right?

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