Apple Vision Pro Could Get Faster 6GHz Connectivity Thanks To The FCC
The FCC has given Apple and other companies the go-ahead to start using the 6GHz wireless band for connections between devices, including AR/VR headsets.
That move could mean that the upcoming Vision Pro headset will have a new, faster, lower latency connection between the headset and other devices like future iPhones and more.
However, while the new band will be more powerful, it won’t allow data to be transmitted all that far which makes it perfect for short-range connections.
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel proposed the new rules, which would authorize very low power (VLP) operations — meaning their signals won’t be able to go very far — in about 850MHz of the spectrum, on September 27th. The rules will also allow devices to “use higher power levels” so long as they’re geofenced to keep from interfering with actual licensed 6GHz usage, and the FCC will be taking comments on other ways it can expand 6GHz spectrum usage by technology devices.
This move will not only be good news for Vision Pro headset buyers, though. The technology could theoretically be used for other connectivity needs like connecting iPhones to displays, including those in cars.
Apple won’t be the only company to take advantage of this new technology, either. Microsoft, Google, and Meta have all been petitioning the FCC to try and get the 6GHz band opened up since 2019.