What Does Wi-Fi 7 Mean for iPhone Users?

iPhone 14 Pro standing on desk with Wi Fi 7 logo Credit: Samuel Angor
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Like it or not, Wi-Fi 7 is coming and may land on your iPhone in the not-so-distant future. According to a well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and reported by 9to5Mac, Apple may add support for Wi-Fi 7 in the coming year, bringing faster internet speeds and improved network performance.

Wi-Fi 7 is the talk of the town, with hardware manufacturers pledging support for this up-and-coming standard. The new technology, commonly referenced as Wi-Fi 7, is also known as 802.11be. It uses the same 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz wireless bands of Wi-Fi 6E but offers a boost in network performance. With faster speeds of up to 46 Gbps, reduced latency, and ultra-wide capacity, it should be primed to support 8K video streaming and online virtual reality gaming in the future.

Wi-Fi 7 also boosts the number of simultaneous streams from 8 to 16 and supports Multi-Link operation. Muilt-Link Operation (MLO) changes how packets are sent across Wi-Fi networks. Instead of using a single link to send and receive data, MLO allows a device to transmit data across different frequency bands and channels. This allows data to be sent as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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These combined advancements make the upcoming wireless technology nearly four times faster than Wi-Fi 6 and 13 times faster than Wi-Fi 5.

WiFi-7 is exciting but don’t expect to enjoy the benefits of this cutting-edge technology right away. Apple likely will add support for Wi-Fi 7 but not until next year with the release of the iPhone 16. Owners also would have to purchase compatible Wi-Fi 7 networking hardware to take advantage of the speeds and performance of this new standard. Like most new technology, new Wi-Fi 7 compatible hardware may be expensive for those who hope to be early adopters.

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