2019 iPhones Could Feature Support for Wi-Fi 6

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's upcoming 2019 iPhones could feature support for Wi-Fi 6, Barclays analyst Blaine Curtis said today in a CES wrap-up report.

    Wi-Fi 6, otherwise known as 802.11ax, is the next-generation Wi-Fi standard following 802.11ac.


    The new standard brings higher data rates, increased capacity, better performance in dense environments like concerts and sporting events, and improved power efficiency to better conserve battery on smartphones, tablets, and other battery-powered devices.

    Set to be finalized in 2019, Wi-Fi 6 will also be beneficial to homes that have many internet connected smart products.

    Many Wi-Fi 6 products were shown off at the Consumer Electronics show this year, including Netgear's new 802.11ax mesh Wi-Fi system.

    Apple was one of the first device manufacturers to adopt 802.11ac well ahead of when it was finalized in December 2013, so the company is known to be an early adopter of new Wi-Fi technologies. There aren't a whole lot of 802.11ax routers available at the current time, but many more will likely debut next year.

    5G connectivity is also on the horizon, but rumors indicate that Apple won't adopt it right away because it requires carrier implementation and may have issues during its early rollout. Apple is slower to adopt new cellular technologies and didn't implement support for 4G LTE until the iPhone 5 debuted in September 2012, even though other smartphone manufacturers began supporting it in late 2010.

    Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup is expected to look similar to the 2018 iPhone lineup, with two OLED devices in different sizes and a single, lower-cost LCD device. It's likely Apple plans to introduce the faster specification in all three of its iPhones, though not guaranteed as it looks like the devices will have different feature sets.

    Recent rumors have suggested the highest-end device, the successor to the current iPhone XS Max, will feature a triple-lens rear camera, while the smaller OLED iPhone and LCD iPhone could have dual-lens camera setups.

    We have a ways to go until the 2019 iPhones are released in the fall, but we've been hearing rumors about the devices for months. For more information, make sure to check out our 2019 iPhone roundup.

    Article Link: 2019 iPhones Could Feature Support for Wi-Fi 6
  2. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
  3. Pelea macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2014
    WiFi 6 is a very expensive WiFi to support. This hopefully should come with a $100 price increase
  4. sirozha macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2008
    Chances of Apple using 802.11ax in their 2019 phones are nil.

    802.11ax has not yet been finalized and won't be until some time later this year.

    802.11ac Wave2 is plenty fast for a phone. Perhaps in 2020 (the earliest), we will see 802.11ax in Apple's iOS devices.
  5. lostngone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2003
    Do you know why it is hard to support? Is it a technical issue/limitation or just because it’s the new thing and supply and demand is high?
  6. Unity451 macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2011
    "This is the fastest wifi we've ever built into an iPhone!" - Timmy
  7. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
  8. Jbusick7944 macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2008
    Also the newest and best wifi we've ever built.
  9. twocents macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2016
    California, USA
    Hey Tim Cook! I had a feeling he's been floating around here
  10. joueboy macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2008
    I would love to see $1500 baseline with the support of WiFi 6 and 5G. I'm sure if Tim Cook is reading I would made him giggle and excited for this price. Please Apple take my money and the rest of us here suckers of your new product.
  11. Awsaim macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    South Florida
    You WANT it to be more expensive?
  12. Putzytart macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2014
    Jony Ive walks on stage and starts talking slowly with usual British accent.

    The. New. iPhone. 11.
    Same. Beautiful. Design. But Faster. WiFi.
    Yours. For. Only. Two. Thousand. Dollars.
  13. WoodpeckerBaby macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2016
    You do realize that he was being sarcastic, right?
  14. wigby macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2007
    Since there are so few people with access to GB broadband speeds, I don't see why this would come any sooner than 5G support which we know won't come to iPhones until 2020 at the earliest.
  15. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    My current iPhone X is plenty fast for me over WiFi and LTE...
  16. muadibe macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2010
    Future iPhones could support future tech? Really?
  17. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Right. I’m begging them to take my money also.:)

    WiFi 6 does sound great, but Apple won’t be first in line with it.
  18. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    just bought a used AE tower for $50. Works great.
  19. dazz87 macrumors 65816

    Sep 24, 2007
  20. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    "5G connectivity is also on the horizon, but rumors indicate that Apple won't adopt it right away because it requires carrier implementation and may have issues during its early rollout."

    Thank god for that

    It's not future if others have done it. "Future", to Apple perhaps..
  21. peterh988 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2011
    They could have a faster processor, too.

    Hey look, I'm an analyst now!
  22. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    And it was just this week that people here were complaining that there are no Wi-Fi 6 devices so there's no need for a Wi-Fi 6 network.

    Classic chicken-and-egg.
  23. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    “Only Apple can do this.”
  24. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    This support seems like something they'd bring to Mac first, then iPad, and then iPhone. Plus, since the 802.11ax spec isn't going to be finalized until later this year, I'd say that means it's a near certainty that we won't see any Apple products that support the spec until 2020 at the earliest.
  25. itsthenewdc macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    I'll be more disappointed if the 2019 Mac Pro doesn't support it.

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