iPhone 12 might sport super-fast new type of Wi-Fi

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iPhone 12 might include a short-range wireless networking standard about 40 times faster than Wi-Fi 6.
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The iPhone 12 will include an ultra-quick version of Wi-Fi, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This could enormously increase the data transfer speeds of this handset, even outstripping some versions of Ethernet.

iPhone 12 might include 802.11ay

The upcoming iPhone 12 possibly will offer 802.11ay, reports Japan-based Macotakara. This is a version of Wi-Fi that operates in the unlicensed 60 GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) portion of of spectrum, not Wi-Fi’s usual 2.5GHz or 5 GHz. That makes it shorter range, but with high potential throughput. It could theoretically get as high as 200Gbps at a range of perhaps 1,000 feet.

If 802.11ay is implemented in the iPhone 12, it’s unlikely to replace Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), which the iPhone 11 series includes. Wi-Fi 6 tops out at 4.8Gbps, but is a more broadly adopted standard.

The IEEE standards body is still hammering out the exact specifications for 802.11ay.

Macotakara earned a reputation for getting generally reliable information on Apple’s future plans. It knew about the 2019 iPod touch before anyone else. And it published accurate pictures of the iPhone 11 series months before the debut, for example.

More about the next iPhone

With the official announcement of the iPhone 12 not expected until early fall, there’s nothing officially know about it. Still, analysts agree it will be the first iOS model with 5G, a faster version of cellular-wireless networking.

There have been unconfirmed reports that the 2020 lineup will include a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple’s current largest handset has a 6.5-inch screen.

And Apple AirTags too

Also supposedly on Apple’s docket for next fall are AirTags, item-tracker tags that help users to locate bags, keys, and assorted other valuables. Macotakara claimed today that these will be completely waterproof. They’ll also allegedly employ rechargeable batteries that will get their power through inductive charging.