2020 iPhones May Support New Short Range Wi-Fi Standard

Apple's next iPhone series may support a new Wi-Fi standard known as IEEE 802.11ay, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

iPhone 2020 60ghz WiFi
802.11ay is the follow-up of IEEE 802.11ad, quadrupling the bandwidth and adding up to 4 streams of multiple transmission/reception. The new Wi-Fi spec, which uses the 60GHz spectrum, is still in the draft phase but is expected to be finalized by the end of 2020.

The translated report is quite difficult to decipher, but the blog calls the wireless standard "ultra-short range," which suggests it could be used to communicate between iPhones (i.e. AirDrop) and perhaps other Apple devices in close proximity.

Interestingly, a 2018 report claimed that Apple has been working on an AR/VR headset that would be untethered from either a computer or a smartphone and instead connect to a "dedicated box" using the 802.11ay wireless standard. The box was said to be powered by a custom 5-nanometer Apple processor similar to the custom chips that Apple will use in future Macs.

Connecting the two rumors is pure speculation at this point, but it's interesting to conceive of different scenarios where Apple uses the new Wi-Fi standard to enable next-generation wireless AR/VR experiences.

That said, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has claimed the company's AR roadmap will initially focus on the iPad and ‌iPhone‌ before any sort of headset comes to fruition.

In November, Gurman said Apple is working on "a range of augmented and virtual-reality devices" based around a new 3D sensor system, which will arrive first on a new iPad Pro slated for release in the first half of 2020, and followed by Apple's new iPhones later in the year.

Moving beyond existing devices, Apple is said to be targeting 2021 or 2022 for the release of a combination VR and AR headset focused on "gaming, watching video and virtual meetings."

Related Forum: iPhone

Popular Stories

iPhone 17 Plus Feature

iPhone 17 Lineup Specs Detail Display Upgrade and New High-End Model

Monday July 22, 2024 4:33 am PDT by
Key details about the overall specifications of the iPhone 17 lineup have been shared by the leaker known as "Ice Universe," clarifying several important aspects of next year's devices. Reports in recent months have converged in agreement that Apple will discontinue the "Plus" iPhone model in 2025 while introducing an all-new iPhone 17 "Slim" model as an even more high-end option sitting...
iPhone SE 4 Vertical Camera Feature

iPhone SE 4 Production Will Reportedly Begin Ramping Up in October

Tuesday July 23, 2024 2:00 pm PDT by
Following nearly two years of rumors about a fourth-generation iPhone SE, The Information today reported that Apple suppliers are finally planning to begin ramping up mass production of the device in October of this year. If accurate, that timeframe would mean that the next iPhone SE would not be announced alongside the iPhone 16 series in September, as expected. Instead, the report...
iPhone 17 Plus Feature Purple

These 5 Features Will Make the iPhone 17 the Biggest Update in Years

Monday July 22, 2024 4:02 pm PDT by
The upcoming iPhone 16 models that we're expecting to see in September are going to be quite similar to the iPhone 15 models, but rumors suggest that Apple is making big changes in 2025. We've been hearing hints of an all-new device in the iPhone lineup, and it may be the most expensive iPhone Apple has offered to date. New 'Slim' Design Rumors have taken to referring to the new iPhone 17...
Apple TV Plus Feature 2 Magenta and Blue

Apple TV+ Curbs Costs After Expensive Projects Fail to Capture Viewers

Monday July 22, 2024 5:11 am PDT by
Apple is scaling back its Hollywood spending after investing over $20 billion in original programming with limited success, Bloomberg reports. This shift comes after the streaming service, which launched in 2019, struggled to capture a significant share of the market, accounting for only 0.2% of TV viewership in the U.S., compared to Netflix's 8%. Despite heavy investment, critical acclaim,...
iPhone SE 4 Thumb 1

iPhone SE 4 Rumored to Launch Early Next Year With OLED Display, 48MP Camera, and More

Monday July 22, 2024 7:22 am PDT by
The fourth-generation iPhone SE will offer a series of major upgrades over the current model, the leaker known as "Ice Universe" claims. The information was listed in a post on Weibo, which also detailed the specifications of the iPhone 17 lineup. As previously rumored, the fourth-generation iPhone SE is expected to feature Face ID and USB-C, marking a major upgrade from current and previous ...
bsod

Microsoft Blames European Commission for Major Worldwide Outage

Monday July 22, 2024 11:55 am PDT by
Last Friday, a major CrowdStrike outage impacted PCs running Microsoft Windows, causing worldwide issues affecting airlines, retailers, banks, hospitals, rail networks, and more. Computers were stuck in continuous recovery loops, rendering them unusable. The failure was caused by an update to the CrowdStrike Falcon antivirus software that auto-installed on Windows 10 PCs, but Mac and Linux...
iOS 18 on iPhone Feature

Everything New in iOS 18 Beta 4

Tuesday July 23, 2024 1:08 pm PDT by
Apple released the fourth beta of iOS 18 today, introducing small changes to a number of features throughout the operating system. There are no big additions in this beta, but Apple is continuing to refine existing settings and design choices. Apple plans to continue updating iOS 18 over the next few months, with the update set to be released this fall. We've rounded up all of the changes...

Top Rated Comments

H3LL5P4WN Avatar
58 months ago
802.11ay?

The Fonz approves.

Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BMcCoy Avatar
58 months ago
I thought we were moving to a numerical system of wi-fi generations, to make it a bit easier to understand?
Wi-Fi 6 being 802.11ax and wif-fi 7 for 802.11be.
So what are "ay" and "ad"? Wi-Fi 6.1 and 6.2?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
benshive Avatar
58 months ago

I thought we were moving to a numerical system of wi-fi generations, to make it a bit easier to understand?
Wi-Fi 6 being 802.11ax and wif-fi 7 for 802.11be.
So what are "ay" and "ad"? Wi-Fi 6.1 and 6.2?
And instead of USB 3.0, USB 3.1, and USB 3.2 we have USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, and USB 3.2 Gen2x2. I guess people in tech aren't good at naming things :p
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
swm Avatar
58 months ago

So what are "ay" and "ad"? Wi-Fi 6.1 and 6.2?
this is not wifi. it is wigig. but governed by the wifi alliance.

802.11ay is tricky stuff. the predecessor 802.11ad was around since 2012 and did not produce much market impact. it is quite power hungry, and the range is _very_ short in omni scenarios. it was used mostly for vr headsets and some android phones and laptops supported it. the signal is very well attenuated by your hand, it can completely block it, even in directional scenarios. it requires line of sight so the use is very limited. ay and ad show their strength in outdoor scenarios for FWA where it can be beamformed and go over several hundred meters, but not on a mobile device which is on the move. doppler frequency shift is noticeable even at walking speeds.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
orev Avatar
58 months ago

I thought we were moving to a numerical system of wi-fi generations, to make it a bit easier to understand?
Wi-Fi 6 being 802.11ax and wif-fi 7 for 802.11be.
So what are "ay" and "ad"? Wi-Fi 6.1 and 6.2?
The numbering system is a marketing thing aimed at consumers to help keep things easier/more obvious when shopping for products. The internal engineering names of various standards are always going to be more specific/obtuse to regular people.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
B.A.T Avatar
58 months ago
I don't care what they put in this year's iPhone. I'll still be using my 8+ and still be loving it.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)