The iPhone 13 series is expected to launch in September and will feature Wi-Fi 6E support for the 6GHz band and increased range, according to a new report. The latest Apple smartphone is expected to feature upgraded cameras, notably a wide-angle lens, and expanded mmWave support for more regions.
DigiTimes report quotes industry sources to say Apple will incorporate Wi-Fi 6E technology into its new iPhones this year and is expected to become a standard feature on both iOS as well as Android smartphones in 2022.
This will bring significant benefits to Taiwanese GaAs IC Win Semiconductors, Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC) and GaAs epitaxial wafer supplier Visual Photonics Epitaxy Company (VPEC).
Apple Introduces Wi-Fi 6 With iPhone 11which has significantly improved speed and security over the previous generation Wi-Fi 5 protocol. Wi-Fi 6E is considered a small upgrade over it as it only adds minimal support for the 6 GHz band. This will result in more bandwidth and less interference for Wi-Fi 6E-enabled devices.
The report also says the three companies mentioned above will also see further revenue growth in the third quarter due to demand for VCSEL chips as iPhones continue to use 3D Face ID sensors for generic models and ToF LiDAR scanners for the Pro series.
Recent Bloomberg report suggests that Apple has asked suppliers to build up to 90 million next-generation iPhone phones this year, a sharp increase from iPhone shipments in 2020. Apple is planning updates for all current models, with at least one of the newer versions reportedly having an LTPO display.