iPhone 14s are not compatible with Wi-Fi 6E. Unlike Samsung and Google, Apple is delaying the arrival of the new standard on its devices.
During a highly anticipated keynote, Apple unveiled a new range of smartphones: the iPhone 14. This generation introduces a plethora of new features, such as the Dynamic Island, the always-on screen, the 48 megapixel photo sensor or satellite emergency calls.
However, a long-awaited technology is still missing. This is Wi-Fi 6E. As we can read on the Apple website, all iPhone 14s are compatible with the Wi-Fi 6 standard, the older version of WiFi.
For the record, the Wi-Fi 6 standard is appeared on Apple smartphones in 2019. It is present on the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone SE. This technology, also called IEEE 802.11ax, offers greater range than previous Wi-Fi standards, in particular thanks to the use of the 2.4 GHz band.
No Wi-Fi 6E on Apple devices
However, many rumors have suggested that Apple will finally replace Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi 6E on its iPhones. Similar indiscretions had appeared on the web ahead of the launch of the iPhone 13. It has been more than a year and a half since the switch to Wi-Fi 6E on the iPhone has been mentioned, whether by analysts or informants.
Note that all other brand appliances are always on Wi-Fi 6. This is the case, for example, with the MacBook Pros launched last year. Despite their sophisticated specs, Apple’s high-end computers don’t have Wi-Fi 6E.
Announced in 2020, the Wi-Fi 6E standard is distinguished by a spectrum extended to the 6 GHz band (between 5945 and 6425 MHz). The standard guarantees significantly higher throughputs and lower latency than previous standards. On the other hand, the range is slightly reduced compared to Wi-Fi 6. It has been authorized in France since the end of 2021.
Falling behind the competition
By once again ignoring Wi-Fi 6E, Apple is increasing the lag behind its competitors. While iPhones are still confined to Wi-Fi 6, many Android manufacturers launched Wi-Fi 6E enabled smartphones.
For example, Samsung has been integrating the standard on its high-end phones since the release of the Galaxy S21 Ultra. This is also the case with Google since the Pixel 6, Xiaomi since the Mi 11 and Asus since the ROG Phone 5 and Zenfone 8. Nevertheless, the standard remains largely in the minority in the industry. According to Michael Trabbia, Director of Innovation at Orange, ” about 5%” terminals on the market are Wi-Fi 6E compatible.
Mirroring 5G, the WiFi 6E standard promises to be interesting for the development of virtual and augmented reality, Apple’s workhorse since the arrival of Tim Cook. In this context, it is likely that Apple will soon integrate the technology into its terminals. Can we expect to discover the standard on the iPhone 15?