Apple'smay be arriving next year. According to a new report from notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone-maker is aiming to put Wi-Fi 6 and 6E support into the device, which could arrive at some point towards the end of 2022.
In a note to investors, spotted by MacRumors, Kuo writes that Meta ( ), Sony and Apple will all have new virtual reality or augmented reality headsets of some kind next year, which will support the latest Wi-Fi standards. He expects that Meta's product will launch in the second half of the year, Apple's in the fourth quarter of 2022 and Sony's sometime in the second quarter.
Last week during its Facebook Connect event Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased a new,that the company says will arrive next year. Sony, meanwhile, has been that is designed for the PlayStation 5. It too is aiming to launch its VR product in 2022.
Kuo writes that using Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 6E will be a "basic requirement for head-mounted displays to improve the wireless experience," adding that "Wi-Fi 6 is significantly better than Wi-Fi 5 in transmission speed and power consumption."
Apple's latest iPhone 12 and 13 lines of devices support Wi-Fi 6. None of its phones, however, support Wi-Fi 6E. That standard of Wi-Fi allows forwhile Wi-Fi 6 and earlier forms of Wi-Fi were limited to only using the 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequencies.
When operating in this band, Wi-Fi 6E should allow for faster data transfers and experience less interference than those other bands and earlier Wi-Fi devices. This could potentially allow Apple and others to create AR and VR headsets that don't need to be tethered to another device with a cable.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.