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Exclusive Report Details WiFi 6E Potential For iPhone 13 Range – Forbes

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Apple’s iPhone 13 range is going to be unusually difficult to buy this year with confirmed production delays and a head turning update. But arguably the biggest iPhone 13 upgrade looks set to be one that is overlooked.
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Multiple leaks have largely confirmed that Apple will equip the iPhone 13 range with WiFi 6E, a next-gen WiFi standard which has been described as “perhaps the most disruptive boon for Wi-Fi users in the last 20 years”. And this is why. 
Speaking to MacRumors, Kevin Robinson, senior vice president of marketing for the Wi-Fi Alliance, revealed that WiFi 6E is likely to have a dramatic effect on iPhone 13 users’ everyday experience. 
“Wi-Fi 6 is more deterministic [than previous WiFi standards], meaning you’re getting a more consistent experience that works really well in dense environments,” Robinson explains. “At a very high level, you have significantly more spectrum to operate with thanks to Wi-Fi 6E. You’re going from one to maybe two 160 megahertz channels, and these are ultra-wide channels that allow very, very high performance… up to seven of these super-wide channels in the 6GHz [WiFi 6E] band. It’s critical when you’re in, let’s say, multi-dwelling units. Think of New York, Chicago and with high rise buildings around the planet, think of stadiums, that’s where it becomes essential to have that additional capacity.”
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Moreover, while WiFi 6E will give iPhone 13 users access to the 6GHz band for the first time, unlocking ultra fast and reliable signal, the existing 5GHz band used by the vast majority of devices is going to get a lot worse. 
“We were simply approaching a scenario where there would not have been enough spectrum and capacity for people to do everything they wanted to do, and what we envision happening over Wi-Fi,” says Robinson. “You would have been contending with your neighbor’s network, even in a suburban setting I see three, four, or five networks around me. Now, you take that into a dense city area and it becomes a much bigger problem. So it was essential for maintaining the experience over the long term of what you’re gonna get from Wi-Fi 6E.”
And this is the crux of it. With iPhones sharing bandwidth with ever more WiFi networks and ever more permanently connected devices — particularly smart home devices — the need to break into a new band is becoming critical, if users want to maintain ultra fast and reliable WiFi connections. 
Of course, WiFi 6E in the iPhone 13 range is likely to get far less attention than the phone’s massive new rear cameras, their smaller notch, 120Hz ProMotion displays and potentially huge new storage upgrades. That said, when it comes to using your iPhone day-to-day, WiFi 6E may well have the biggest long term impact of any of them. 
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Google Play lists games ‘optimized for Pixel 6’ with Android 12’s Game Dashboard/Modes – 9to5Google

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– Nov. 14th 2021 12:22 pm PT


Android 12 introduces a Game Dashboard that’s currently exclusive to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Besides providing useful tools, Google is encouraging developers to take advantage of Game Mode API. Google Play is now listing games that are “optimized for Pixel 6.”

At the top of the Play Store’s Games tab, some users are seeing an “Optimized for Pixel 6” carousel with a “Boost performance or save power” section. This is in reference to the Game Mode API that developers can support to let users set whether they want a title to prioritize gameplay for longer battery life or peak frame rates.
Update: As people in our comments have observed, Game Mode support is the only optimization needed to be listed in the Play Store list. In our testing, we spotted the Modes on Scrabble Go (casual game) and FIFA Soccer (more intensive title).
End-users can enable the “Game Dashboard” from system Settings > Apps > (under General) Game settings. When opening a compatible title, you’ll get a floating bubble that opens the overlay. In compatible games, the “Optimization” tile – which is underneath the row of screen capture, record, FPS counter, and DND shortcuts and next to YouTube Live streaming – presents three modes:
At the moment, the Game Dashboard is only live on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. It does not appear on other Pixel phones running Android 12. Back in July, Google said that the Game Mode API would be available on “select” Android 12 devices later this year and that Samsung is already a partner for the effort, “with more OEMs on the way.”
The full Google Play list of Game Mode-optimized titles for the Pixel 6 is below: 
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Hands-on: PHNX’s Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro ultra-thin case lineup – 9to5Google

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Below we go hands-on with the super-sleek and ultra-thin PHNX case lineup for the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. 9to5Google readers can grab a PHNX case now for 20% OFF with our code 9TO5GOOGLE for a limited time.
Check out our hands-on with the PHNX Pixel 6 series case lineup from PHNX below:

The company has made smartphone cases that have been designed specifically with minimalists in mind or just those that hate adding yet more bulk to their pocket. Every single case from PHNX is ideally suited to those that want to not only protect their prized possession but don’t want to lose functionality and — most importantly — form. That’s an important differentiator given the large footprints of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, which come in at 6.4-inches and 6.67-inches respectively.
There are a ton of cases out there that claim total device coverage but not very many can offer protection without increasing device bulk quite substantially. PHNX Pixel 6 cases have always taken a different approach for the unique contours of the latest Made by Google smartphone series. Rather than being heavy and bulky, these cases let you enjoy the unique look and feel of your brand new smartphone but without any sort of over-the-top branding or logos — meaning you’re not inadvertently advertising a brand simply by protecting your phone.
At just 0.35mm or 0.01-inches thin, you’ll benefit from an extra layer of protection without needing to make more room in your pocket or sacrifice the curves and contours of either of the massive late-2021 flagship Pixel handsets. If you want to protect your display, all PHNX cases play nicely with screen protectors and other common accessories such as smartphone grips.
Not wanting to hinder access to important buttons and controls, PHNX has paid close attention to access to things such as charge port, volume and power buttons on each of their ultra-thin cases. Every single case for Pixel 6 (or any other device) is lazer cut for precise access to all of the most important portions of your smartphone — including the speakers. There is also a raised lip around the precious rear camera bar/visor to ensure it’s protected when placed on flat surfaces — especially across the curved glass corners.
With the Pixel 6 weighing in at 207g and the Pixel 6 Pro at 210g, neither option would be considered “lightweight” by modern smartphone standards. Luckily each and every PHNX case is for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro adds no noticeable extra mass without sacrificing protection. The color options are simple and refined with Frosted White, Frosted Black and, Matte Black available:
All PHNX cases ship within just one business day and are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. 9to5Google readers can hit the links below to grab a PHNX case now with 20% OFF with our code 9TO5GOOGLE for a limited time:
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