Apple’s newest iPhones, which are expected to launch later this year, are already rumored to feature quite a few noteworthy changes.
And now one analyst has weighed in on the subject, saying that he believes Apple will include the Wi-Fi 6 standard for its upcoming lineup. This is from analyst Blaine Curtis of Barclays, and the comment came during a CES wrap-up. Unfortunately, that’s all we have to go on here, as there isn’t much in the way of additional information.
Wi-Fi 6 is also known as 802.11ax. It’s meant to replace the current 802.11ac standard, and should be finalized sometime this year. When it is finalized and out there in the real world, Wi-Fi 6 (which will be the public name, in an effort to reduce confusion from this point on), it will offer higher capacity, better power efficiency in devices, overall better performance in congested environments, and higher data rates, among other improvements.
The inclusion of faster and more stable Wi-Fi certainly makes sense across the board as an important addition for a smartphone launching in 2019, and Apple hasn’t been shy about early adopting these technologies in the iPhone. Moreover, the fact that Apple is expected not to launch a 5G-capable iPhone until 2020, which can tap into faster mobile network data speeds, this may be one element that helps set the iPhone apart from other devices launched later this year.
Earlier today we heard that the flagship 2019 iPhone is going to adopt a triple camera design on its back, and that the iPhone XR is going to get a dual camera as well.