What’s going to be the buzz word for Apple’s next-generation iPhone family when they are launched in September? The latest leaks around the presumptively-named iPhone 12 suggest that the focus is going to be on ‘speed’. And a stunning hardware leak backs that up.

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The details come from Makotakara:

“According to sources familiar with the next iPhone 12, there is a possibility that it will support the ultra-short range wireless LAN standard “ IEEE 802.11ay “ using the 60 GHz band.”

The ‘ay’ standard allows for data transfers at close range between 20Gbps and 30 Gbps. If the iPhone hardware does go down this route, it will be one of the first smartphone manufacturers to do so. The key benefit of the technology is an increase in data transfer rates at very short range. Right now that could mean a significant uptick in speed for iPhone 12 to iPhone 12 files transferred using AirDrop.

There is a more tantalising potential though. Increased speed at short range reduces latency and increases the information flow. If Apple really is working on an AR/VR accessory that uses the iPhone as a base station. There’s far more bandwidth available using ‘ay’ rather than bluetooth or connecting to the iPhone over standard wi-fi channels. 

Even though the AR/VR peripherals are not expected to be in place until 2021 or 2022, ensuring the connectivity options are present on iPhones now will increased the side of the user base when they do debut. 

As for reinforcing the message of speed, you can add ‘ay’ to the list that includes 5G – which is expected to make an appearance on every iPhone 12 model – along with the obligatory “fastest iPhone ever” quotes from the management team when they talk about the camera, the processor, and the screen.

Apple is expected to announced the iPhone 12 in September. Before that there’s the small matter of the iPhone SE’s successor to launch next month.

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