The iPhone 15 will miss out on this huge Wi-Fi upgrade coming to the iPhone 16

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The iPhone is getting an upgrade to Wi-Fi 7, but you'll need to wait until the iPhone 16 to reap the benefits of the faster Wi-Fi components, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo tweeted on Monday, "iPhone 16 will likely upgrade to Wi-Fi 7, which will be more conducive to Apple's integration of hardware products running on the same local network and provide a better ecosystem experience."

The 7th generation of Wi-Fi is likely to bring major improvements over Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, with some reporting that Wi-Fi 7 could offer speeds up to four times faster than its predecessor.

Wi-Fi 7 will support more connections and adapt better for low latency performance. This is why Wi-Fi 7 would be a big improvement to the way your Apple devices integrate into your home network and work alongside each other in the Apple ecosystem.

The iPhone 15's upgrade is already lagging behind

Earlier this year, we reported Wi-Fi 6E was coming to the iPhone 15 with "faster, more reliable connection at greater ranges than Wi-Fi 6. In addition to working on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band, it is also able to operate on the 6GHz band."

But it looks like Apple is only planning to use the next-gen chips for a year before replacing them with Wi-Fi 7-compatible ones. The iPhone has used Wi-Fi 6 since the release of the iPhone 11 in 2019, so it would be interesting to see Apple change Wi-Fi chips with consecutive iPhone launches.

The iPhone 15 is likely to be released in September, with rumors indicating the Dynamic Island will arrive on all iPhone 15 models and no longer be limited to the Pro iPhones in the lineup. As for the iPhone 16, if you really want to wait for Wi-Fi 7, you've got at least another year of twiddling your thumbs.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself. Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings. John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.  John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.