When the iPhone 15 phones come out, we again expect that there will be many differences between the two standard phones and the two more expensive Pro models – and one of those differences could be in Wi-Fi support.
A leaked document published by the guide Unknown 21 On Twitter (via MacRumors) he points out the antenna architecture of the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
According to the document, the standard iPhone 15 model and the Plus model will adhere to the same Wi-Fi 6 specifications as the current iPhone 14 series. However, the Pro and Pro Max will be upgraded to the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard.
We heard rumblings earlier in the week that Wi-Fi 6E would come to the iPhone 15 series in 2023, but at that point we thought the upgrade was for all models. Now that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The difference between Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E isn’t huge: it supports an extra 6GHz frequency band along with 2.4GHz and 5GHz, so while the speeds are similar, there’s more capacity for more devices. You’ll also need a Wi-Fi 6E router to take advantage of the improved technology.
Although not mentioned in this document, we assume that if the iPhone 15 Ultra is real, it will also have the Wi-Fi 6E upgrade. It is not yet clear if the phone will be a separate model or will replace the Pro Max version of the iPhone.
Analysis: More reasons to upgrade
In recent years, Apple has clearly been trying to make Pro model upgrades as valuable to people as possible, most recently with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Standard models look almost negligible in comparison.
Last year, for example, we saw a speed difference between two pairs of models for the first time: The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus got the A15 Bionic chipset, while the more expensive pair of phones got the latest A16 Bionic upgrade.
The slight upgrade in Wi-Fi standards may not be the most important spec when it comes to picking a phone, but that’s another reason to pick one of the Pro models when they go on sale (which will be in September, if Apple sticks to its regular schedule).
The danger is that buyers ignore the cheaper iPhones (and the Plus version is rumored to never sell well) — but with Pro models retailing for more money, it seems like a trade-off Apple would be happy to do. .
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