iPhone 13 may include Wi-Fi 6E, but no iPhone SE Plus next year

Iphone 12 5g
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What you need to know

  • The iPhone 13 may include Wi-Fi 6E.
  • Analysts do not believe Apple release an iPhone SE Plus.

Reported by MacRumors, the iPhone 13 may support a new generation of Wi-Fi, according to Barclays. Analysts Blayne Curtis, Thomas O'Malley, and Tim Long say that the next-generation iPhone may support Wi-Fi 6E, bringing a number of performance gains to the lineup.

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.

Vijay Nagarajan, an executive at chipmaker Broadcom, says that the 6 GHz band could be the "most disruptive boon for Wi-Fi users in the last 20 years."

"The 6 GHz band will perhaps be the most disruptive boon for Wi-Fi users in the last 20 years ... This swath of spectrum, when coupled with Wi-Fi, will power new consumer experiences on smartphones, AR/VR devices and wearables we haven't even yet invented."

Iphone Se 2020 Hero

Iphone Se 2020 Hero (Image credit: iMore)

For those who have hoped for an iPhone SE Plus, the analysts seem confident that Apple has no plans to update or release a different version of the company's budget iPhone.

As for the iPhone SE, the analysts believe Apple has no plans to refresh the device in the foreseeable future. The analysts said that while they had heard about a potential larger-screen iPhone SE, rumored to feature a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch display, the device was not mentioned in any of their discussions with Apple suppliers. In April, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the larger iPhone SE was delayed until the second half of 2021.

Regardless of what the iPhone 13 includes, it does appear that it will be released in September 2021 rather than in November of this year like the iPhone 12 lineup.

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.