Multiple rumors say that the next generation iPhone 15 models will use the Wi-Fi 6E standard that Apple has introduced in the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, and now a leaked document seems to confirm Apple’s plans.
The document, from researcher and tipster Unknownz21, includes a diagram of the iPhone 15 antenna architecture. d8x refers to the iPhone 15 Pro model, and the information suggests that the faster Wi-Fi 6E specification will be limited to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
For further reference, D7x refers to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, D2y refers to the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, and the document outlines the antenna design changes between the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro. Changes. Other documentation also indicates that Wi-Fi 6E will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro.
So far, Wi-Fi 6E has been added to some of Apple’s product lineups, but only on the latest iPad Pro, Mac mini and MacBook Pro models. Apple has not previously limited the new Wi-Fi standard to the Pro iPhone, but the iPhone 15 Pro model will have a number of features not available on the iPhone 15.
Wi-Fi 6E allows devices to connect to routers and modems that support the Wi-Fi 6E standard, but it is a relatively new technology that is not yet widely available. Wi-Fi 6E routers are readily available, but because they have only been introduced in recent years, many users and businesses have not yet upgraded. Wi-Fi 6E routers include the 6GHz band in addition to the 2.4 and 5GHz bands, and to use 6GHz, a Wi-Fi 6E router and a Wi-Fi 6E-enabled device are required.
Wi-Fi 6E offers greater bandwidth than Wi-Fi 6, providing faster connection speeds, lower latency and higher capacity. Wi-Fi 6E offers more than 1.2GHz of spectrum in the 6GHz band, which can support gigabit coverage throughout the home, multi-gigabit connectivity in venues, and has the bandwidth for higher data streams for AR and VR experiences.
Because Wi-Fi 6E requires routers and devices to support the standard, it’s currently a largely empty band with little traffic, meaning that Wi-Fi 6E-equipped iPhone 15 Pro models will be able to connect well to Wi-Fi 6E networks without facing much competition.
Unknownz21 says that the image is “just the tip of the iceberg” and that there will be more leaks about the iPhone 15 series, including full images, in March before the iPhone 15 models are scheduled to enter EVT (engineering verification testing).
The documents he obtained also confirm that the iPhone 15 Pro models will come with a faster 3nm A17 chip as well as solid-state volume and power buttons. As previously rumored, the standard iPhone 15 model will continue to use the A16 chip and retain the existing volume buttons.