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Apple is rumored to give the iPhone much faster Wi-Fi 6e



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Leaks and rumors about the iPhone 13 have been leaking throughout the summer, and now some new information suggests that Apple can give its next batch of iPhones a big boost in wireless speeds thanks to extra support for Wi-Fi 6e.

According to a recent report from DigiTimes (via Apple Insider), it seems that a handful of vendors, including Win Semiconductors, Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company and Visual Photonics Epitaxy Comp, are ready for big wins due to Apple’s demand for components related to Wi-Fi 6e.

Wi-Fi 6th is the latest and most advanced wifi specification and was officially approved by Wi-Fi Alliance back in 2020. Unlike previous wifi standards that run on 2.5 GHz or 5 GHz bands, Wi-Fi 6e uses the relatively unoccupied 6 GHz band to deliver maximum data rates as high as 9.6 Gbps. That said, it’s important to remember that your wifi speeds at home will still be largely limited by the level of service you receive from your ISP.)

By adding support for Wi-Fi 6e to iPhone 13, Apple would follow similar moves made by rivals like Samsung, which included Wi-Fi 6e on Galaxy S21 line earlier this year.

While Wi-Fi 6e routers (which you need to really take advantage of the specifications’ top speeds) are still pretty expensive, by adding support for Wi-Fi 6e to iPhone 13, Apple can help increase wider adoption of the latest Wi-Fi standard, which will help reduce the prices of Wi-Fi 6e routers and accessories in the future.

In addition to Wi-Fi 6e, it is rumored that other improvements coming on the iPhone 13 will include larger batteries, 120Hz refresh rates, a minor notch for Face ID, improved cameras, and more. And with all these features, it seems that Apple has become quite bullish in terms of potential sales for the iPhone 13 family, because according to BloombergApple has asked vendors to produce 90 million next-generation iPhones in 2021, representing a 20% increase from 75 million units produced in 2020.

Wwith Apple set to launch a new series of iPhones later this fall, unless you desperately need to replace the handset right now, it would be wise to endure buying something until Apple officially reveals everything the new specifications and features that come in the iPhone 13.


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