The Cupertino multinational could take advantage of the new 60GHz WiGig standard for its augmented reality viewer, a device on which Apple has been working for several years: Macitynet had already detected it when the first anticipation emerged that the iPhone 12 will support 802.11ay technology for super fast short distance wireless connections.
For the moment this possible scenario of use by Apple not indicated by analysts but by observers, simply taking into consideration the technical specifications and the possible functions thanks to the IEEE 802.11ay standard, the technical acronym of the latest generation WiGig technology that will be finalized within the end of this year.
Unlike the first WiGig standard of several years ago which operated on a single band and for very short distances, the new 802.11ay increases the range of action and allows to merge 4 streaming bands together to transmit theoretically up to 176 gigabits per second. This range similar to that of the HDMI 2.1 connection, more than enough to receive and transmit multiple 4K video streams, audio, detections from sensors and more, all with very low latency.
The first version of WiGig at 60GHz has not been successful, but the significantly improved performance and the trend towards completely wireless devices and lifestyles are ideal conditions for the possible success of the new 802.11ay standard. In fact, the goal of the new WiGig is to replace physical and cable connections over short distances, also for docks, monitors and displays and other applications, accessories and peripherals that require high performance.
Of course, Apple could use it to improve the direct transfer between iPhone, iPad and Mac with AirDrop, but bandwidth, speed and low latency would allow to build an Apple WiGig augmented reality viewer much lighter and also less expensive, as Macworld now also notes . This is because the processor, memory and other hardware components must not be installed in the viewer, but those already present in the iPhone in the user's pocket or on a Mac in the same room can be exploited remotely.
Intriguing lipothesis is also possible, but the timing at the moment remains uncertain: it is necessary to wait for further advances or direct tests to confirm the presence of WiGig 802.11ay on the iPhone 12. As regards instead the Apple viewer of augmented reality has already been received several times in recent years: the latest indications pointed to 2020, others unfortunately until 2023.
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