The next-generation iPhone will reportedly include a version of Wi-Fi that’s up to 30 percent faster than the current one. And that’s not even its biggest improvement in this upcoming wireless networking standard.
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Hello Wi-Fi 6
Analysts at Barclays informed investors this morning that “We believe the 2019 iPhone and Galaxy Series features new WiFi 6 (ax).”
In addition to being faster than Wi-Fi 5 (ac), the next version of this short-range wireless networking standard will enable many more devices in an area to have a wireless connection at once.
In addition to running in the 1 GHz and 5 GHz bands, Wi-Fi 6 will work in the 2.4 GHz band. Other enhancements will mean additional phones, tablets, etc. can use an access point at the same time.
The Wi-Fi Alliance hasn’t yet approved the final version of of the new standard, but that’s expected to happen this year. In time for the 2019 iPhone to launch, apparently.
The Wi-Fi Alliance is also leading the charge to make the names for the Wi-Fi standard make sense. As mentioned, 802.11ax is being called Wi-Fi 6 while 802.11ac has been renamed Wi-Fi 5. The idea is make it easier for consumers to know when they should upgrade their devices and/or wireless routers.