Apple is seemingly planning to support the next-generation Wi-Fi 802.11ay spec on its iPhone 12 lineup later this year. This standard is still in draft stages and it is expected to be finalized by the end of this year.
The highlight of Wi-Fi ay is that it uses the 60GHz spectrum to offer extremely high bandwidth which makes it ideal for use in device-to-device transfer. Apple will use this new Wi-Fi standard to improve the transfer speed between its devices. This could come in handy while transferring large video files between iPhones over AirDrop or between an iPhone and a Mac as the higher bandwidth will allow the transfer process to be over within a few seconds.
So far, we have not seen any other device launch in the market which supports the new Wi-Fi ay standard.
The report from Macotakara also claims that while Apple will be using OLED displays on the iPhone 12 lineup this year, the company might also be working on an iPhone with an LCD display. All rumors so far point to Apple switching entirely to OLED displays with its 2020 iPhone lineup so this report contradicts them. However, Macotakara has a pretty reliable track record when it comes to Apple leaks so the company could be working on something.
Lastly, the report claims that Apple’s ultra-wideband AirTags could charge wirelessly and that they will go on sale in fall this year. If Apple ends up including reverse wireless charging on the iPhone 12 series, it would allow one to charge the AirTags wirelessly right from their iPhone.
The AirTags has leaked quite a bit since last year but Apple is yet to officially announce them. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claimed recently that the production of the ultra-wideband chips will ramp up towards the third quarter so a September launch alongside the iPhone 12 lineup for AirTags definitely seems plausible.[Via Macotakara]