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Apple Vision Pro doesn’t have Wi-Fi 6E, Ultra Wideband support

Apple Vision Pro doesn’t have Wi-Fi 6E or Ultra Wideband support.

Apple received FCC approval for the Vision Pro today in the U.S., and MacRumors notes that the filing confirms that the spatial computer doesn’t have Wi-Fi 6E support.

This is a feature that the latest iPad Pro models, iPhone 15 Pro models, and all Mac models released in 2023 have.

What is Wi-Fi 6E, and do you need it?

Here’s how Wired describes the technology: Wi-Fi 6E is the name for devices that operate in the 6-gigahertz (GHz) band, a new swath of unlicensed spectrum. Until now, our Wi-Fi operated on two bands: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The Wi-Fi 6 standard has various features to improve the efficiency and data throughput of your wireless network and reduce latency for those two bands. Wi-Fi 6E brings those improvements to the 6-GHz band.

Wi-Fi 6 offers better bandwidth (which means faster speeds) and has lower latency, which is better for gaming, video, and other low latency applications. 

The problem is that Wi-Fi 6E routers and accessories are expensive. Wired recommends these if you have the moolah: The Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) at $400, and mesh systems like the TP-Link Deco XE75 (two-pack is $300), Motorola Q14 (two-pack is $430), and Google’s Nest Wifi Pro (7/10, WIRED Recommends) (two-pack is $300). 

The FCC filing also suggests that Apple Vision Pro won’t include Ultra Wideband (UWB) capabilities. 9to5Mac says this is based on the iPhone 15 Pro having a specific UWB report that Apple Vision Pro lacks. Apple’s UWB chip is all about spatial awareness, but in a difference sense than spatial computing.

Apple uses UWB inside AirTags, iPhones, and Apple Watches. Like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, UWB is a short-range, wireless communication protocol that operates through radio waves. It can be used to capture highly accurate spatial and directional data.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.