Above: Image from Apple’s product launch event today in Cupertino, California.
By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman.
As widely expected, Apple’s new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models – three new iPhone models in total – support the new Wi-Fi 6 standard. The new phones were announced today during Apple’s traditional September product launch event at the Steve Jobs theatre in Cupertino, California.
Except for a single very brief mention and a Wi-Fi 6 logo represented on a couple of quick iPhone feature summary slides (see above), Apple hardly dwelled on the connectivity upgrade. Instead a great deal of time was spent on more improvements to video and photo shoot functionality – including the iPhone 11 Pro’s new triple-lens camera.
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No 5G functionality is included in the new lineup of Apple phones, which means 5G proponents likely will need to wait another full year before Apple possibly jumps on the 5G bandwagon. There were no foldable phones either. Apple’s Wi-Fi 6 chipset technology is provided by Broadcom.
And in case anyone is keeping score: Of the 11 phone models launched so far with Wi-Fi 6, Broadcom has delivered the Wi-Fi 6 chipset technology for all of them. The models include Samsung Galaxy S10 (four models), Samsung Galaxy Note (three models), Samsung Galaxy Fold (one model), and now three new iPhone models from Apple.