A newly discovered FCC filing reveals that Apple Watch Series 7 has an undisclosed 60.5GHz wireless connection for faster data transfer. Although the next-generation Apple Watch Series was announced at the September 14 event, the company has not shared the device’s specs and hasn’t given a precise timeframe of its launch, besides the generic ‘available later this Fall’ status.
The secret 60.5GHz transmitter will allow Apple Watch Series 7 to transfer data at 480 Mbps
The filling‘s “Equipment Under Test (EUT) section lists the new 60.5GHz Transmitter but it is unclear what type of data transmission it will be specifically used for.
The Equipment Under Test (EUT) is the Apple Watch FCC ID: BCG-A2476 and IC: 579C-A2476. The device contains the following capabilities: 850/1700/1900 WCDMA/HSPA, Multi-Band LTE, 802.11b/g/n WLAN, 802.11a/n UNII, Bluetooth (1x,EDR, HDR4, HDR8, LE1M, LE2M), NFC, UWB, 60.5GHz Transmitter.EUT consists of a Apple Watch handheld device containing a 60.5GHz unlicensed/license-exempt data communications transmitter module. A proprietary Wireless Serial Dock with a corresponding 60.5GHz module is needed to activate transmission on the Apple Watch. A magnetic alignment fixture locks the Apple Watch in place on top of the Wireless Serial Dock, thus allowing communication between the Dock and Apple Watch. The Wireless Serial Dock is powered by a USB-C port.
The new technology requires an external device, dock, to activate the 60.5GHz transmitter which can transfer data at up to 480 Mbps. It is possible that the transmitter is for internal use only.
Another document for internal use only detailed that the new Apple Watch Series 7 is shipped with a U1 Ultra Wideband chip, Bluetooth 5.0, and W3 wireless chip for connectivity. The document also mentions that the new series has a 64-bit dual-core processor, 32 GB capacity, all-day battery life with up to 18 hours, and will be 100% charged in 1.5 hours. It is equipped with the same health sensors as the Apple Watch Series 6: blood oxygen, electrical heart, optical heart, accelerometer and gyroscope (fall detection), Always-on altimeter, compass, and ambient light.