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Apple has recently introduced its entire iPhone 15 lineup, giving its fans the first glance at the models’ features. One of them is the upgraded wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E.

The new connectivity comes to the Pro models of the lineup, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, while the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will still use Wi-Fi 6. Nonetheless, this is not the first time Apple has brought this to its devices as it’s already being used in 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Studio, Mac Pro, and the latest iPad Pro models.

This “extended” Wi-Fi 6 will bring the Pro models better connectivity, albeit it needs a Wi-Fi 6E router. It allows more bandwidth, faster speeds, and lower latency compared to Wi-Fi 6 and can access a new 6 GHz band.

In general, it works with the similar Wi-Fi 6 standard but comes with an extended spectrum. This makes the connection ideal for apps and activities requiring high bandwidth, including virtual and augmented reality, online games, and 4K and 8K video streaming.

This should complement the new capabilities and other upgraded specifications of the new iPhone 15 Pro models, including the beefed-up memory that is now 8GB and the addition of a better A17 Pro chip. Nonetheless, according to rumors, Apple plans to take things further in the release of the iPhone 16, where it will reportedly bring the Wi-Fi 7. According to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is bumping up the Wi-Fi connectivity of its iPhones in preparation for the Vision Pro.

“Apple will aggressively upgrade hardware specifications to build a more competitive ecosystem for Vision Pro,” Kuo shared in June. “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.”


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