WiFi 6 is currently the latest standard when it comes to WiFi. However, according to a report from Japanese website Mac Otakara, it has been suggested that for Apple’s 2020 iPhones, the company could be adopting an even quicker version of WiFi known as 802.11ay (WiFi 6 is known as 802.11ax).
So what’s the difference between this new version of WiFi and WiFi 6? For starters, it will operate in the 60GHz mmWave spectrum, as opposed to the 2.5GHz and 5GHz spectrums that are currently being used today. In theory, this should allow users to achieve connectivity speeds of up to 200Gbps, although the downside is that it will have a shorter range compared to what’s available today.
However, it should be noted that as of now, the IEEE has yet to fully hammer out the specifications for 802.11ay, but they are expected to complete it by this year, meaning that there is a chance that this rumor could be true. That being said, the ability to support faster speeds does come with a catch.
Like we said, range will be factor here as 802.11ay is said to have a shorter range. Also, it depends on your internet plan with your service provider. If you picked a lower-speed internet plan, then it doesn’t matter what kind of theoretical speeds you can reach, but at the very least Apple could potentially be raising the limitations. Needless to say that this should be taken with a grain of salt for now.