iPhone 7, next-gen Apple TV, Airport Extreme could add faster Wi-Fi for 4K video streaming

“There could be a surprise to the wireless capabilities of the upcoming iPhone, dubbed the ‘iPhone 7’ by analysts, based on comments made Thursday by the head of one of Apple’s top chip suppliers,” Aaron Pressman reports for Fortune.

“The surprise improvement could be the inclusion of a new, much faster version of Wi-Fi known as WiGig, or 802.11ad, which would allow for wireless video streaming at 4K ultra-high definition resolution, quicker gaming connections between devices, and other cool features, according to one analyst,” Pressman reports. “Apple added the ability for iPhones to record 4K video last year.”

“‘I estimate the iPhone 7 could feature that,’ Neil Shah, research director at Counterpoint Technology Market Research, said after hearing comments from Hock Tan, CEO of wireless chip maker Broadcom,” Pressman reports. “The notion of upgraded Wi-Fi features also matches with recent reports that Apple was briefly out of stock of some of its Wi-Fi routers that rely on the older 802.11ac standard, which was added in the last router update three years ago. Apple would likely also upgrade its Apple TV set-top box, which doesn’t currently have WiGig or 4K video capability of any kind, Shah said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: There’s nothing like pristine 4K content on our 65-inch 4K Sony Ultra HD TVs.

Obviously, Apple has the capability to offer and deliver 4K video. Certainly, they have their reason(s) not to offer 4K support immediately. Perhaps they will flick the 4K switch in software after they have signed deals with the content providers? If Amazon’s hardware is capable of 4K, the new A8-powered Apple TV hardware certainly is, too. And that would be just like Apple has always been with Apple TV: Under-promise and over-deliver. For the life of the product, Apple has constantly improved existing Apple TVs via software at no extra cost to users. If not, there’s always next year, but the new Apple TV offers much more than simply streaming video and 1080p is perfectly acceptable even on 4K Ultra HDs.MacDailyNews Take, September 17, 2015


  1. Skipping over the 4K sensibility discussion (which I already endured today)…

    Happy Home Wi-Fi is a great idea! BUT then there’s the problem of the ISP’s bandwidth offerings and their cost, not to mention reliability. *SHUDDER*

    Then there’s the fact that the ISPs want to utterly destroy real Net Neutrality so they can further gouge and restrict us all, like the parasitic OVERLORDS they seek to be. Fsck that.

    Neo-Feudalism is the goal of corporatocracy. The customer is the peasant. Witness the TTP and TTIP trade ‘treaties’ for proof-of-concept.

  2. MDN: “There’s nothing like pristine 4K content on our 65-inch 4K Sony Ultra HD TVs.”

    Me: There’s nothing like pristine 4K content on our 98-inch 4K LG Ultra HD TVs.

    Also, my screen has passive 3D. The combination of 4x as many pixels as HD and no flicker of any kind makes for a 3D experience that is finally what it should always have been. I am hoping Apple comes around on 3D.

    Watching “The Martian” on my screen is like looking out a huge window at a real Martian landscape. It is incredible and beautiful. I would love 3D 4K versions of those AppleTV landscape screensaveers.

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