In a note about Apple’s work on a Wi-Fi chip, Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 lineup will be upgraded to adopt the Wi-Fi 6E standard.
A handful of Apple devices currently support Wi-Fi 6E, including the latest 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models. The current iPhone 14 lineup supports only standard Wi-Fi 6.
Wi-Fi 6E was also rumored for iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 models and failed to materialize.
Kuo’s comments jibe with a research note shared this week by Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O’Malley. Curtis and O’Malley did not say if the feature will be available across the entire iPhone 15 lineup or if it’ll be limited to the Pro models.
Wi-Fi 6E works over the 6GHz band, allowing for faster wireless speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than Wi-Fi 6, which operates on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. To take full advantage, a Wi-Fi 6E router is required. Multiple companies, including Netgear, Asus, and Linksys already offer Wi-Fi 6E hardware.
Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max in September.