Apple’s iPhone 13 might still be almost a year away but that was never going to stop analysts from guessing what it will offer up. This time around it’s Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Thomas O’Malley, Tim Long, and their associates claiming the iPhone 13 will feature the super-fast Wi-Fi 6E functionality.
Analysts are keen on the new Wi-Fi standard because of its extended capacity compared to the standard Wi-Fi 6 that is currently offered in the iPhone 12 and iPhone SE specification. It seems that chipmakers are keen, too.
According to Vijay Nagarajan, Vice President, Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division, Broadcom Inc:
The 6 GHz band will perhaps be the most disruptive boon for Wi-Fi users in the last twenty years. This swath of spectrum, when coupled with Wi-Fi, will power new consumer experiences on smartphones, AR/VR devices and wearables we haven’t even yet invented. The Wi-Fi 6E brand for 6 GHz Wi-Fi will let consumers know that their Wi-Fi experience is about to get even better.
As per Jayanthi Srinivasan, Director of Product Management, Cisco Meraki:
Wi-Fi has changed the world, and we are excited to work with Wi-Fi Alliance to ensure Wi-Fi will continue changing the world. Wi-Fi 6’s growth into the 6 GHz spectrum is a game changer for two reasons – the availability of the additional channels and the ability to finally use 160Mhz for high bandwidth applications like AR and VR; this provides enormous opportunities to build new applications and experiences for both consumers and businesses
However, the same analysts poured cold water on claims that we could see a new iPhone SE with a larger screen next year, saying that the device had not been mentioned in any discussions with companies that supply Apple. This comes after analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the device had been pushed back to a new release window of some point in the second half of 2021.
The big news here is obviously that relating to Wi-Fi standards. But it’s important to remember that none of this comes free – users would need to also upgrade to new Wi-Fi equipment in their homes. That isn’t something many do regularly, so whether any huge numbers of people would benefit from the inclusion of Wi-Fi 6E at this point is debatable.
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