TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that the upcoming iPhone 14 and Apple’s mixed-reality headset will feature advanced Wi-Fi 6E connectivity which is likely to encourage other competitors to do the same.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models support Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2×2 MIMO and 5G connectivity. And with WiFi 6E with a 6GHz band support the new device will deliver even faster connectivity and will enable multiple devices connected over WiFi to deliver optimum performance.
Apple support for Wi-Fi 6E in iPhone 14 and its AR/VR headset will pave the way for tech’s use by other companies
In his new note to investors, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo wrote that Apple’s implementation of WiFi-6E in its upcoming devices will encourage the tech’s use in smart devices by other companies like Meta.
Other upcoming head-mounted displays for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences, such as from Meta, will also offer Wi-Fi 6E. Kuo explained that Wi-Fi 6E will be key to providing the high-speed wireless transmissions necessary for AR and VR experiences.
Kuo said that head-mounted display devices in 2022, 2023, and 2024 will offer Wi-Fi 6/6E, Wi-Fi 6E/7, and Wi-Fi 7, respectively, but it is unclear if this information is related to Apple’s product roadmap specifically.
Wi-Fi Alliance announced Wi-Fi 6 with 6GHz in 2020 which will deliver higher performance, lower latency, and faster download speed.
Wi-Fi Alliance® is introducing new terminology to distinguish forthcoming Wi-Fi 6 devices that are capable of 6 GHz operation, an important portion of unlicensed spectrum that may soon be made available by regulators around the world.
Wi-Fi 6E brings a common industry name for Wi-Fi® users to identify devices that will offer the features and capabilities of Wi-Fi 6 – including higher performance, lower latency, and faster data rates – extended into the 6 GHz band. Wi-Fi 6E devices are expected to become available quickly following 6 GHz regulatory approvals, utilizing this additional spectrum capacity to deliver continuous Wi-Fi innovation and valuable contributions to consumers, businesses, and economies.