Apple is reportedly upgrading the Wi-Fi in the iPhone 7 to WiGig, also known as 802.11ad.
The iPhone 7 is according to an analyst adopting the new WiGig (802.11ad) wireless standard. WiGig is about 20 times faster that 802.11ac. The new faster wi-fi operates on the 60Ghz frequency band. The speed advantage comes with a lower reach. The up to 7Gbs speeds can only be reached in a room and not across walls.
“I estimate the iPhone 7 could feature that,” Neil Shah, research director at Counterpoint Technology Market Research, said after hearing comments from Hock Tan, CEO of wireless chip maker Broadcom according to Fortune. “It makes sense for Apple to upgrade to ad.”
The high speed wi-fi is ideal for streaming video in 4K quality to and from the iPhone 7. Users could stream their iPhone 7 4K videos directly to a WiGig enabled TV or streaming media box.
The LeTV Max powered by the Qualcomm 820 chipset debuted as the world's first WiGig smartphone in January. The WiGig technology is out there and available from Qualcom, Broadcom and others.
Broadcom has announced recently a new WiGig infrastructure solution to solve the last mile problem. The Broadcom 60G WiMesh technology support wireless mesh networking in the 60GHz band with link distances between nodes up to hundreds of meters, making it ideal for use in wireless backhaul.
With the the iPhone 7 supporting WiGig, Apple would also release new Airport Extreme and Airport Express WiFi routers.
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The iPhone 7 is expected based on leaks to change only marginally in appearance. The new functionalities are again to come from within. Apple is likely announcing iPhone 7 on September 13.