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802.11ay Wi-Fi rumored for 'iPhone 12,' wireless charging for 'AirTag'

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The "iPhone 12" could have extremely fast wireless networking with support for 802.11ay networking potentially allowing it to connect at gigabit speeds with home appliances and other hardware, and the long-rumored "AirTag" tracking device may use wireless charging.

As part of the potential improvements in this year's "iPhone 12" refresh, Apple could be taking advantage of a near field communication Wi-Fi standard called IEEE 802.11ay. Still in its fifth draft version, 802.11ay is believed to be getting close to completion, and may have a final specification issued by the end of 2020.

The use of the technology, claimed by sources of Macotakara would center on the iPhone being able to connect directly with other network-enabled items in an ad-hoc network, rather than using more standard and structured Wi-Fi network. Connecting at gigabit WI-Fi speeds, the direct connection to nearby devices would allow for both high transfer speeds and high reliability, due to not requiring intermediary networking hardware.

Aside from networking, the iPhone 12 is said by the sources to include OLED displays, with the possibility of an LCD display model as well. This could mean Apple could be going down a similar route to the current iPhone 11 generation and earlier models, where one variant had an LCD screen alongside premium alternatives equipped with OLED.

The iPhone 12 is predicted to be offered in at least four discrete models, including a 5.4-inch model with a rear dual camera, 6.1-inch OLED with dual cameras, 6.1-inch OLED with a rear triple-camera setup and time-of-flight sensors, and a 6.7-inch OLED with triple cameras and ToF sensors, which are used for 3D depth sensing. There has also been the suggestion of a resurgence of Touch ID by using acoustic fingerprint reading across the entire display, and the inclusion of 5G connectivity.

Macotakara also touches upon the "AirTags" rumors, for an accessory that would allow the Find My service to find other items, such as bunches of keys. The small Ultra-Wideband devices, which are tipped to go on sale in the fall, are suggested to incorporate wireless charging capabilities.