Apple iPhone 12 tipped to bring new short-range Wi-Fi connectivity

Yolanda Curtis
February 27, 2020

With this feature, the device can connect to smart home appliances and other hardware at Gigabit speeds.

According to Japanese Apple blog Macotakara (via AppleInsider), the iPhone 12 may support the IEEE 802.11ay wireless standard using a 60 GHz band. That technology is now still being drafted, but it's expected to be ratified by the end of the year.

The translated report is quite hard to decipher, but the blog calls the wireless standard "ultra-short range", which suggests it could be used to communicate between iPhones (i.e. AirDrop) and perhaps other Apple devices in close proximity.

Qualcomm's new chipsets; With its continuously working Wi-Fi detection capability, it enables devices to detect people, objects, movements and location. At the same time, power consumption is lower.

802.11ay is a new "ultra-short range" standard that offers extremely fast wireless transfer speeds thanks to its use of the 60GHz frequency band. WiGig relies on the 802.11ad connection standard, and Qualcomm's latest chip pushes WiGig to a new generation of wireless standards called 802.11ay.

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