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Rumors of Wi-Fi 6E in iPhone 13 Lineup

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The iPhone 12 line up launched earlier this year, and already speculations of the iPhone 13 line up have begun to surface.

This time the rumors include a game-changing Wi-Fi upgrade predicted to be coming in the iPhone 13 lineup.

"Wi-Fi 6E," ever heard of it?

iPhone 13 May Support Wi-Fi 6E

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Analysts from Barclays, Blayne Curtis, Thomas O'Malley, and Tim Long have hinted at iPhone 13 supporting Wi-Fi 6E after talks with Apple suppliers.

Wi-Fi 6E offers the features and performance activity of Wi-Fi 6 but with:

  • higher performance
  • lower latency
  • faster data rates
  • more airspace (beyond 2.4 GHz and 5GHz)
  • increased bandwidth
  • less interference
Wi-Fi 6's growth into the 6 GHz spectrum is a game-changer for two reasons—the availability of the additional channels and the ability to use 160Mhz for high bandwidth applications like AR and VR finally.
Jayanthi Srinivasan
Executive, Cisco

FCC Extends Wi-Fi 6E

This year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened 1200 MHz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band to Wi-Fi and other unlicensed uses. This is said to be paving the way for a future of devices supporting Wi-Fi 6E.

This is the biggest spectrum addition since the FCC cleared the way for Wi-Fi in 1989. The new spectrum basically quadruples the amount of space available for routers and other devices, so it will mean a lot more bandwidth and a lot less interference for any device that can take advantage of it.

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 lineups currently support the standard non-6 GHz version of Wi-Fi 6, and so does the second-gen iPhone SE.

6GHz Wi-Fi offers not just an abundance of airwaves for routers to use but a spacious swath that doesn’t require overlapping signals like on some current Wi-Fi channels.

The new spectrum clears enough space for up to seven maximum-capacity Wi-Fi streams to be broadcast simultaneously and not interfere with each other, all without using any of the previously available spectra.

Round-Up of iPhone 13 Rumors

In addition to the Wi-Fi 6E news, analysts also indicated that audio-maker Cirrus Logic would supply a new power conversion chip for at least some iPhone 13 models.

We previously discovered Apple's plans for iPhone 13 to use OLED displays with low-power LTPO technology, setting a path for a 120Hz refresh rate.

The incorporation of LTPO technology would mean a more power-efficient backplane for the iPhone 13. The LTPO is responsible for converting individual pixels on and off on display, which could mean an even more efficient screen display for iPhone 13 following the iPhone 12 line up.

The iPhone 13 line up is also rumored to be "portless." It’s been long rumored that a portless iPhone was in the works. The prospect of an iPhone without Lightning connectivity that could provide a “completely wireless experience” was first suggested by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo back in late 2019.

Another feature that was expected to appear on the iPhone 12, but ultimately did not, is Under-The-Screen sensors. Again, what didn't show up during Apple's October 13 event will probably show up next year for the iPhone 13.

We will continue to provide iPhone 13 leaks and updates right here on All Apple News.

Products Covered

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Model
iPhone 13
Release Date
2021

Features

• 5.4" / 6.1" / 6.7" OLED Display (Speculative)
• iOS 14 (Speculative)
• A14 Bionic Chip (Speculative)
• 3D Camera (Speculative)
• Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (Speculative)

Description

Days after the iPhone 12 was launched at Apple's October 2020 event, leaks of the iPhone 13 surfaced online. With rumors of the long-awaited 120Hz display, a port-less device, and UTS technology, the iPhone 13 will be a step ahead of its predecessors. Prepare for a refined version of the iPhone, better than ever before.

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