iPhone 14 to support faster, more stable Wi-Fi 6E standard
According to a new report from the renowned tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will add support for the new Wi-Fi 6E wireless standard in next year’s iPhone models.
In an investor note seen by MacRumors, Kuo predicts that both the iPhone 14 and an upcoming Apple-made “head-mounted display device” will support Wi-Fi-6E, and thereby accelerate industry adoption of the standard.
The wireless standard – which is explained in detail in Tech Advisor’s guide to Wi-Fi 6E – adds support for the 6GHz band, in a bid to increase available bandwidth and reduce the risk of interference. It is a faster, more stable technology under particular circumstances, such as when several people in your home are trying to stream and make video calls at the same time.
Wi-Fi 6E is already supported by Samsung and Xiaomi handsets, and it is probably a matter of time before most flagship models on the market support the technology.
Of course, using the 6GHz band doesn’t just require a compatible handset: you’ll also need a router that supports the band, such as the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 or Asus Rapture GT-AXE 11000. For advice on picking the right option, browse our guide to the best Mac routers.
Ming-Chi Kuo is widely respected but it should be noted that he is not infallible, with an accuracy rating of 75.9% on AppleTrack at time of writing. Equally, it may be worth pointing out that this story is not entirely new: on two occasions (in January and July of this year) we covered rumours that Wi-Fi 6E would be supported by the 13-series iPhones. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.
The 14-series of iPhones – which are still expected to number four models, despite the removal of the mini version – will launch in the autumn of 2022. You can catch up with the latest rumours with our iPhone 14 news hub.
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