Wireless standards continue to evolve, and while the iPhone 13 supports Wi-Fi 6, Apple is expected to adopt more advanced Wi-Fi 6e technology in the iPhone 14. However, a new report by Ming-Chi Kuo says the company could find key components in lack.
We have previously mentioned the key advantage of Wi-Fi 6e over the regular Wi-Fi 6 version…
The summary is that there are certain radio bands that only Wi-Fi 6e devices can be used, which means less congestion and higher speeds.
The best way I know how to explain is to imagine that all Tesla cars have a path of their own. How much less traffic would you see on your way to work? This is what Wi-Fi6e creates. It operates in the 6 GHz band so no old device can access it. Wi-Fi 6e devices will be able to work on Wi-Fi 6 and other previous standards, but no device without 6e support will be able to access the superhighway. In terms of capacity, it will have access to 59 non-overlapping channels, so venues such as sports arenas, concert halls and other high-density environments will provide much more capacity with less interference.
Apple is believed to be planning to take the lead in adopting the Wi-Fi 6e.
However, Wi-Fi chips require components known as LTCC (Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic), and the Wi-Fi 6e standard requires more of them. That, Kuo says, means stocks will be short.
We […] we believe both the iPhone 14 and Apple head-mounted screens are equipped with Wi-Fi 6E, which is expected to encourage more competing products to adopt Wi-Fi 6E […]
The number of channels supported by Wi-Fi 6E is 2-3 times larger than Wi-Fi 6. If the MIMO design is 3 × 3/4 × 4, each channel requires 2–4 LTCCs, so LTCC use Wi-Fi. and -Fi 6E is 10-20 or more than Wi-Fi 6 […]
This will cause LTCC supply to become tight again in 2022.
Apple’s leadership could mean it is already in the process of securing stock ahead of most of its competitors, so there may be a repeat of the existing chip shortage, where the iPhone maker is less affected than other companies. However, as we have seen, even Apple is not immune to shortages across the industry, as the company lost a $ 6 billion deal in the last quarter alone.
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