While we’re still several months away from the next generation “iPhone 13” lineup, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Thomas O’Malley, Tim Long, and their colleagues discussed some expectations for the devices based on discussions with their Apple suppliers Is underlined.
First and foremost, analysts said that the iPhone 13 models could support Wi-Fi 6E, which provides an opportunity for radio-frequency chipmaker Skyworks.
Wi-Fi 6E offers the features and capabilities of Wi-Fi 6, including high performance, low latency and fast data rates, which have been expanded to the 6 GHz band. The additional spectrum will provide a lot more airspace beyond the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, resulting in bandwidth and less interference for devices that support Wi-Fi 6E.
Vijay Nagarajan, an executive at chipmaker Broadcom, said, “The 6 GHz band will probably be the most disruptive boon for Wi-Fi users in the last 20 years.” “This swath of spectrum, when coupled with Wi-Fi, will power new consumer experiences on smartphones, AR / VR devices and webrabbles that we haven’t invented yet.”
Jayanti Srinivasan, Cisco executive officer, said, “Wi-Fi 6’s growth in 6 GHz spectrum is a game changer for two reasons – the availability of additional channels and ultimately the ability to use 160Mhz for high-bandwidth applications such as AR and VR. . “
Both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 lineups support the standard, non-6 GHz version of Wi-Fi 6, as does the second-generation iPhone SE.
Analysts also indicated that audio chipmaker Cirrus Logic would supply a new power conversion chip for at least some iPhone 13 models, although it is unclear if the move would have any obvious consumer-benefit.
According to iPhone SE, analysts believe that Apple has no plans to refresh the device in the future. Analysts said the device was not mentioned in any of their discussions with Apple suppliers when they heard of a possible large-screen iPhone SE, a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch display that was rumored to feature. . In April, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the larger iPhone SE was delayed until the second half of 2021.
Barclays analysts had claimed that Apple plans to discontinue including chargers with iPhones. In the past, they also revealed the true tone of iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the removal of headphone jack adapters with the iPhone X and iPhone XR models, and the removal of 3D Touch on all iPhone 11 models.