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Wi-Fi 6 is officially launched; new iPhones already incorporate the standard

It's been almost a year since we first spoke here about the Wi-Fi 6 and, more precisely, about the change made by the Wi-Fi Alliance (network of companies responsible for technology development) that has made the naming of protocol versions much easier and easier to understand. From then on, Wi-Fi 6 was still in the final stages of tuning, but now it's officially launched.

In practice, several manufacturers were already working with Wi-Fi 6 months ago to add them to their products (just note that the Samsung Galaxy S10, from March, already supports it); the difference now that they can incorporate the brand into compatible device marketing, with sayings like “Wi-Fi 6 Certified” or phrases like that.

In the case of Apple, the iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max that will be officially launched this Friday (9/20) already open the new technology, as we highlight. That is, Ma's new smartphones will kind of “carry the flag” on Wi-Fi 6, as their launch almost coincides with the official arrival of the protocol.

Despite this, Apple will continue to disclose this information in product marketing – Wi-Fi 6 is noted on the new iPhones specs page, but only there and nowhere else. Officially, the Wi-Fi Alliance claims that the first Wi-Fi 6 compatible product is the Galaxy Note10.

What changes?

For starters, no need to worry: Wi-Fi 6 is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the protocol, so you can normally use your old devices on networks based on the new standard, or likewise connect your newer devices on networks. based on previous versions.

The only way to fully enjoy the benefits of Wi-Fi 6, however, having a router and devices (smartphone, tablet, computer, TV or whatever) are compatible with the standard.

About the benefits themselves, they are basically related to speed and efficiency. The new standard brings a maximum theoretical speed of 9.6Gbps, versus 3.5Gbps Wi-Fi 5 which is not a real advantage, since basically no home connection reaches these numbers.

More important to realize that smarter Wi-Fi 6 when deploying your network on a large number of devices is important, considering that every type of device now connects to Wi-Fi, from your laptop to the toaster. . Therefore, the new standard is an excellent ally of home automation, like HomeKit, and the so-called “internet of things”.

Good news, no?

via The Verge