The new Wi-Fi technology of the iPhone 12 could be related to the ‘Apple Glasses’

Before the end of 2019, new rumors and details that could have the virtual reality glasses manufactured by Apple were released. And it is that even without any real confirmation, these Apple Glasses have been the source of much speculation. Now the iPhone 12 could be linked directly to them due to a Wi-Fi technology called 802.11 ay.

802.11 a and bandwidth

MacWorld’s Jason Cross says in one of his posts that 802.11 ay is the return of a technology created 10 years ago and that currently has a greater chance of being exploited.

“About 10 years ago, the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (a group of companies including Apple, Intel, AMD, Broadcomm, Qualcomm, and others) came together to create a standard specification for wireless communication in the 60 GHz frequency band. They called it WiGig because it offered gigabit speeds, but its official IEEE designation is 802.11ad
802.11ay is the second coming of WiGig. Finally ratified in 2019, it is a huge improvement to the WiGig protocol which still uses the 60 GHz frequency range, but should travel further and provide much more bandwidth. One stream is up to 44 gigabits per second, and you can link 4 streams for a total of 176 gigabits per second. That’s almost as fast as HDMI 2.1 for a stream! Of course, the performance in the real world will be much lower, but it is still a dramatic improvement over the Wi-Fi you are used to.

iPhone 12 and WiGig

Recently, a Japanese media mentioned that the iPhone 12 would include this “new” Wi-Fi to improve AirDrop technology, and although this bandwidth would be practically launched on the market as a novelty, the reality is that it still does not have the ability to penetrate on a large scale. That is, it does not yet have the ability to work through large walls, for example, but it does can perform data transfers at a higher speed and at a short distance. So how does this relate to the iPhone 12 and future Apple Glasses? Cross said.

“The exciting part about 802.11ay is that it provides high enough bandwidth and low enough latency that it can be used to send data to high-resolution, high-refresh rate displays. Like, say, virtual reality or augmented reality devices.

The Apple Glasses could be functional through direct connection with iPhone 12. This would serve as a transmitter between both devices, providing Apple lenses with all the necessary data to work in real time.

“Apple has long been rumored to be working on glasses that have at least AR, maybe AR and VR combined. All the processing for your AR / VR experience could happen on the headphones, making it a completely separate product, but doing so makes it bigger, heavier, more expensive, and shortens battery life.

The alternative is to make the device a set of screens and cameras with all the processing in some kind of base station, like your new iPhone 12. An ultra-high-speed, super-low-latency connection like that provided by 802.11a is a must. for that to work.

We still don’t know what will happen, however this statement and all its arguments show a theory of something that would be very interesting and could point to Apple as the company that is making the best use of VR / Ar through all its technologies.

It will be a matter of waiting a while, as rumors suggest that the launch of the Apple Glasses will not be so soon And who knows, maybe it is because this technology is being developed that would offer a unique and incredible experience.