According to Macotakara, the future iPhone 12 could support a new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ay . This version would represent a great improvement for high-speed, short-range transfers. In addition, new details about the rumored AirTag, its charging method and availability dates will appear.
The ideal Wi-Fi for AirDrop, among others
802.11ay uses the 60GHz spectrum to provide transfer between ultra-wideband devices. This new version is currently in draft form and will be available towards the end of the year. As a standard it will be added to the Wi-Fi 6 support that has already arrived this year with the iPhone 11.
This new standard is described as very short range, somewhat similar to what is currently offered by Bluetooth technology, but with a much higher transfer capacity. Such a technology could make AirDrop transfers almost immediate. It would also enable communication with other devices, such as the Apple Watch or even Apple’s future high-end headset.
AirTag: load, water resistance and availability
Macotakara continues its report with information regarding the future AirTag, which we could see announced as soon as March 31st. The information is that these small devices will be able to be recharged using wireless chargers . It remains to be confirmed whether they will use the same charger as the Apple Watch and even if they will use the Qi standard.
Until now, rumors pointed to very long-lasting, interchangeable button cells. Due to the low energy consumption of an AirTag type device we could talk about a change of battery every three months .
Finally, the information assumed by Macotakara indicates that the AirTags would be ” completely waterproof “. Last week we saw that Ming-Chi Kuo expected the production of the ultra-broadband chip, which makes the use of AirTags possible, to go into production around the third quarter of the year.
Although these dates may indicate an availability of the gadget for September, it is still too early to rule out a presentation in March. Apple, and especially with the newer products, tends to present them to start their distribution later and thus prepare the market for their arrival.
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Macotakara has a fairly high success rate when it comes to predictions about Apple devices. However, as always, this is unconfirmed information, so we’ll have to wait for an official confirmation.