2019 iPhones Could Feature Support for Wi-Fi 6

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  1. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    For what I do, I don’t really need it any faster. Spent a few days out at a remote cabin for a Christmas and I was able to get work done with 4G LTE; rarely did I even use Wireless when stopped over at some friends for dinner. Of course, the bang for buck mentality, we all want to be getting the latest and greatest. For me, I think those days are over.

    I will only upgrade now when either Apple says my iPhone cannot work with the latest iOS version or the device dies. A friend of mine is still on an iPhone 5, its beat up, but sure as hell still keeps him productive.
  2. FreshBoy macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2016
  3. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    I'd like to see it this year, but I think it was more likely when Apple had new routers they wanted to sell you.
  4. centauratlas macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2003
    And the chances of an Airport/Time Capsule etc that support it are nil. Alas. [I know, probably a dead horse]

    I wish Apple would consider that bringing people into the ecosystem even through something like a wifi router is a positive. I know many were hoping that the HomePod would be part wifi router or mesh system.
  5. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
  6. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    With the stock price down and Cook under the gun, we should expect a few announcements this year that will never see the light of day. This might just be one of them, or will it be another Cook announced feature that won't work right for a couple of years. Only time will tell
  7. ls1dreams macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    I mostly want to see when they will add in the new broadcom centimeter grade accuracy GPS chip!

    6g is just not that useful with capped bandwidth.
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    I'd be surprised if the 2019 mac doesn't support it. For some reason Apple is really quirky about which technologies they adopt soon vs. late.

    i.e. wifi and NVME SSD's came way before others

    USB 3.0/USB-C came late though.

    Macbooks have been so horrible lately though I'm not counting on anything.
  8. crossb8 macrumors newbie


    Jun 11, 2018
    Lake Worth, FL
  9. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    WiFi 7
  10. sirozha macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2008
  11. Mizouse macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2014
    Too bad no Apple WiFi 6 Airport base stations :(
  12. twinlight macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2016
    802.11hax obviously..

    2020 at the earliest. Hope Apple jumps back into the wifi market.
  13. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
  14. AppleAlexander macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2014
    Darlington, UK
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    Let’s at least be correct here, Jonny has an English accent.
  15. Ener Ji macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2010
    Remember "Draft n" before the 802.11n standard was finalized? Apple had plenty of Draft n products. Not out of the question that history would repeat itself with WiFi 6 this year.
  16. jctevere macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2009
    I think it was actually called “Pre-N”. I bought a Belkin “Pre-N” router a long time ago. To be honest, it had better range than my Netgear “N” wireless router I switched to 3 years later, as well as better than the “N” wireless routers from Verizon I have now.
  17. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2011
    This would be almost useless functionality for 90% of apple users this year. They will all still be relegated to the lowest common denominator speed whether its the router, trunkline/pipe into the house, service utility box or the site or server you are connecting to. I say they wait at least another year on this.
  18. MoreRumors? macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2018
    It is great to see 2019 models would be ready for WiFi 6 but I know it will be another year or 2 before I upgrade to a new modem that will have this feature. As for 5G, nothing to get excited over because the carriers need to improve and expand coverage. Even with 4G there isn't full coverage and
    Tim Cook - "This is the best iPhone ever made!!!!"

    Same here.
  19. Dominicanyor macrumors 65816


    Apr 1, 2012
    I think that Apple also should focus on a very different type of iPhone. Very different from what’s out now.
  20. BGPL macrumors member


    May 4, 2016
    Apple got onto 802.11ac fast... faster than what would be considered typical. Which is why I have many airport extremes to this day.

    Now, it would be great if Apple would incorporate into their desktops Intel's processors with 24 months of being released.
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    That's what made them great when SJ ran the show. They need to get back to that. Something crazy and that changes the world, like the iPod and then the iPhone.
  21. Mars56 Suspended

    Apr 26, 2018
    Sounds like Tim Cook could be a presidential candidate for the US.
  22. ksec macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2015
    Apple only jumped on Draft 802.11 n / ac in their Router market, I have yet to see Apple jump on Draft WiFi for their iOS devices.

    802.11ax has been hit with delays after delays, ( We have been talking about commercialisation since 2017 CES ) as a matter of fact the passing of its Draft 3.0 were nearly forced upon.
    With thousands of comments and unresolved issues. If anyone thought 802.11ac were a mess at the start, ax is going to be much worst ( at least for now ).

    So I doubt we will see 802.11ax in 2019. Apple will likely launch it alongside with their 5G.

    We should have Draft 5.0 in March, and with any luck there wont be a Draft 6.0.

    Note: Having 1.0 or Non-Draft released doesn't mean it is all good. Recent IEEE release has been driven by its member to push for 1.0 and fix most of its problem with Revision 1.1... to 1.9 in software, What I sometimes refer them to post 1.0 standard.
  23. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    WNY or Utica
    The Fios router in my house doesn't even support 802.11ac. It only has b/g and n modes.
  24. Ramchi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2007
    Every single customer may end up upgrading their router infrastructure to realise potential performance benefits and that's going to be another few hundred bucks in addition to possibly expensive iPhones. Not to mention possible ISP upgrafupg their infrastructure. Yet, it is good to have the next gen WiFi.
  25. fairuz, Jan 12, 2019
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    fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    I haven't researched this at all, but I'm hoping for better and more widely supported network handoff capabilities. There are extensions on the older standards, but they're either limited or not well supported.

    Max theoretical speed: Couldn't care less; 1gbit/s is plenty if you can actually achieve it. Currently packet loss or inconsistent latency over wifi is pretty common if there are any physical barriers, so the promised speeds are fictional over TCP, plus the latency bites. Heck, I almost want it to send duplicate packets as a workaround. Hoping that's remedied.
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    Cable company provided router combos aren't so great. But Fios is great service. Wish I still had them where I live.

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