What you need to know
- Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 will reportedly offer Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.
- Wi-Fi 6E is an extension of the existing Wi-Fi 6 standard.
Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 will reportedly make use of the Wi-Fi 6E standard, improving on the Wi-Fi 6 offered by iPhone 11 and iPhone 12.
According to a new DigiTimes report, multiple companies are already expected to benefit from the increased demand for Wi-Fi 6E devices, including iPhones.
GaAs IC foundries Win Semiconductors and Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC), and GaAs epi-wafer supplier Visual Photonics Epitaxy Company (VPEC) are all poised to log significant revenue gains in the second half of 2021, buoyed by demand for the upcoming iPhones and Wi-Fi 6E related applications, according to industry sources.
Apple is set to incorporate Wi-Fi 6E technology into its new iPhones for this year, and the technology is expected to become a standard feature of both iOS and Android smartphones in 2022, the sources said.
Wi-Fi 6E is an extension — hence the E — of the Wi-Fi 6 already used, but it should still offer increased speeds and stability for those who are using compatible Wi-Fi hardware at their homes and elsewhere. It's a matter for debate whether it will make much of a difference to most people during most of their iPhone usage, however.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max this coming September with devices set to go on sale shortly afterward. We don't have exact dates yet, but a mid-September announcement wouldn't be too unexpected at this point.