Analysts double down on iPhone 13 lineup supporting Wi-Fi 6E

Iphone 12 5g
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What you need to know

  • Barclays believes the iPhone 13 lineup with support Wi-Fi 6E.
  • The technology would bring less congestion and more bandwidth to the new iPhones.

As reported by MacRumors, the iPhone lineup that will be released this fall will feature Wi-Fi 6E support, according to Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Thomas O'Malley.

In a research note shared with MacRumors today, the analysts wrote that investor sentiment surrounding Apple supplier Skyworks has become "too negative" given that the semiconductor company will apparently be supplying various components for this year's "iPhone 13" models, including Wi-Fi 6E power amplifiers.

The report also notes that Broadcom is already supplying Samsung with a Wi-Fi 6E chip for its new Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The analysts said chipmaker Broadcom also stands to benefit from both Apple and Samsung adopting Wi-Fi 6E this year. Earlier this month, Samsung introduced its new Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphone with Wi-Fi 6E support based on a Broadcom chip.

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iPhone 12 Pro (Image credit: Daniel Bader / Android Central)

As noted by MacRumors, devices using Wi-Fi 6E will enjoy more bandwidth and less interference due to the technology's ability to expand beyond 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, which is currently used by most devices.

Wi-Fi 6E offers the features and capabilities of Wi-Fi 6, including higher performance, lower latency, and faster data rates, extended into the 6 GHz band. The additional spectrum will provide a lot more airspace beyond existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, resulting in increased bandwidth and less interference for devices that support Wi-Fi 6E.

Barclays made the same prediction in December of 2020 in a report that also aimed to squash rumors of Apple releasing an iPhone SE Plus in 2021.

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 lineup, as well as the second-generation iPhone SE, all currently support Wi-Fi 6.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.