Apple will reportedly bring Wi-Fi 6E to its iPhone 13 lineup

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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.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.