iphone 12 – New Apple Exclusive Details Massive iPhone 13 Upgrade
Apple’s iPhone 13 range is going to be unusually difficult to buy this year with confirmed production delays and a head turning update. But arguably the biggest iPhone 13 upgrade looks set to be one that is overlooked.
Multiple leaks have largely confirmed that Apple will equip the iPhone 13 range with WiFi 6E, a next-gen WiFi standard which has been described as “perhaps the most disruptive boon for Wi-Fi users in the last 20 years”. And this is why.
Speaking to MacRumors, Kevin Robinson, senior vice president of marketing for the Wi-Fi Alliance, revealed that WiFi 6E is likely to have a dramatic effect on iPhone 13 users’ everyday experience.
“Wi-Fi 6 is more deterministic [than previous WiFi standards], meaning you’re getting a more consistent experience that works really well in dense environments,” Robinson explains. “At a very high level, you have significantly more spectrum to operate with thanks to Wi-Fi 6E. You’re going from one to maybe two 160 megahertz channels, and these are ultra-wide channels that allow very, very high performance… up to seven of these super-wide channels in the 6GHz [WiFi 6E] band. It’s critical when you’re in, let’s say, multi-dwelling units. Think of New York, Chicago and with high rise buildings around the planet, think of stadiums, that’s where it becomes essential to have that additional capacity.”
Moreover, while WiFi 6E will give iPhone 13 users access to the 6GHz band for the first time, unlocking ultra fast and reliable signal, the existing 5GHz band used by the vast majority of devices is going to get a lot worse.
“We were simply approaching a scenario where there would not have been enough spectrum and capacity for people to do everything they wanted to do, and what we envision happening over Wi-Fi,” says Robinson. “You would have been contending with your neighbor’s network, even in a suburban setting I see three, four, or five networks around me. Now, you take that into a dense city area and it becomes a much bigger problem. So it was essential for maintaining the experience over the long term of what you’re gonna get from Wi-Fi 6E.”
And this is the crux of it. With iPhones sharing bandwidth with ever more WiFi networks and ever more permanently connected devices — particularly smart home devices — the need to break into a new band is becoming critical, if users want to maintain ultra fast and reliable WiFi connections.
Of course, WiFi 6E in the iPhone 13 range is likely to get far less attention than the phone’s massive new rear cameras, their smaller notch, 120Hz ProMotion displays and potentially huge new storage upgrades. That said, when it comes to using your iPhone day-to-day, WiFi 6E may well have the biggest long term impact of any of them.
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