I can not say I blame you if you missed it at Tuesday's Apple event. The company only mentioned Wi-Fi 6 support as a throwaway lineand all )
Still, it's right there in the tech specs. All the models support 802.11ax, the technical name for Wi-Fi 6. That puts the iPhone up there with Samsung'sand mobile devices, which were .
That's great! So what exactly is Wi-Fi 6 again?
Wi-Fi 6 is the newest version of the 802.11 wireless networking standard, which we commonly call Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 5. Devices that support Wi-Fi 6 still speak
to start wrapping your head around them (and do let me know in the comments if you find the Mortal Kombat analogy helpful). But in a nutshell, Wi-Fi 6 is better than Wi-Fi 5 because:
- It supports faster top transfer speeds (as well as 1.320 Mbps –
- It allows routers and other access points to service more devices at one time.
- It helps sensors and other wireless gadgets conserve battery power by scheduling transmissions.
- It relates better, faster performance in dense, crowded environments like airports and airports.
So my internet wants to be faster?
Well … not really.
The new iPhones and other devices supporting Wi-Fi 6, like thewants Wi-Fi 6 perks – but only if they've got Wi-Fi access point to connect to. You will not see any difference at all if you're still using a Wi-Fi 5 router. And sure, – but they're still very expensive.
Even if you do not get one, it does not make anything to magically make your internet connection faster. If the connection is from your internet service provider, say, 100 Mbps, then. Wi-fi 6 can not do anything to speed it up.
Wi-Fi 6 is theoretically able of. Using a Wi-Fi 6 router on a network like this is a bit like driving a sports car on sand.
So yeah, Wi-Fi 6 is fast and exciting – but it's very early. Wi-Fi 6 is not even officially certified yet, though that is probably coming very soon. Supporting Wi-Fi 6 helps future-proof the new iPhone lineup, but it's not a must-have feature just yet, and you should not feel obligated to rush out and replace your router.
The future looks fast
The Wi-Fi 6 will probably be a lot more relevant to a whole lot more people within the next year or so. And, now that the iPhone is on board, you can expect to support it, too. Apple is still a market mover.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for Wi-Fi 6 deployments in public places. One such deployment, a Wi-Fi 6 Boingo network at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, has been up and running since this past April. If your phone supports the new standard, you'll benefit from faster public networks like those. Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6 networks are backward-compatible with older Wi-Fi devices, even if they can not do much more faster.
John Wayne Airport, Orange County, California, not Burbank.