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Jeff Pu of Hong Kong-based investment firm Haitong International Securities corroborated the previous reports about the new versions of Wi-Fi the new iPhones are getting. According to the analyst, it will start with the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models in September, featuring the Wi-Fi 6E. The iPhone 16 Pro models next year, meanwhile, will reportedly receive the Wi-Fi 7.
Pu is known for sharing industry research reports, which give helpful insights involving iPhone leaks. In the past, Pu shared details about things like the 48MP sensor in the two standard iPhone 15 models, iPhone 15 Pro Max price hike, and the iPhone SE 2025 release. Now, the analyst is back to underlining the connectivity features of the Pro models in the iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 lines, albeit other analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo already revealed it involving the former.
As expected, the improved Wi-Fi versions will bring better connectivity to the handhelds. As we stressed in our previous report, this translates to faster speed and reliable low-latency performance. For instance, Wi-Fi 7 is expected to bring better performance than Wi-Fi 6 by exceeding it four more times, thanks to over 40Gbps of peak data rates. Nonetheless, Kuo said previously that Apple’s main goal for bumping up the Wi-Fi versions of smartphones points to a bigger thing: to “build a more competitive Vision Pro ecosystem.”
If true, Apple is heading this way in preparation for its Vision Pro headset. Wi-Fi 7 will play a huge part in this as it can support more connections and cater to techs requiring high-speed and low-latency Wi-Fi performance, such as augmented and virtual reality. Additionally, the analyst noted that it will be “more conducive to Apple’s integration of hardware products running on the same local network and provide a better ecosystem experience.”
“Apple will aggressively upgrade hardware specifications to build a more competitive ecosystem for Vision Pro,” Kuo explained in June. “The ecosystem is one of the key success factors for Vision Pro, including the integration with other Apple hardware products, and related main hardware specifications are Wi-Fi and UWB.”
On the other hand, aside from better connectivity, Pu said that a 48-megapixel Ultra Wide lens would grace the camera systems of the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max. This will mean better low-light performance for the units by allowing the lens to capture more light. This will be a huge increase from the current 12MP Utra Wide sensor of the iPhone 14 Pro. This should complement the rumored “periscope ultra-long telephoto camera” in the iPhone 16 series, allowing the unit to capture subjects with sufficient details from a distance using a powerful zoom. An ultra-telephoto lens is ideal for wildlife, sports, journalism, and other shots involving far-away objects.