iPhone 7: Apple Inc. Exploring Ultra-Fast Li-Fi Technology

Apple is experimenting with a revolutionary data transfer technology that offers the maximum speed of 224GB per second under lab conditions. It has fueled speculations that the upcoming iPhone 7 may boast of this technology that transfers data via light. LiFi technology is 100 times faster than WiFi. The iOS jailbreaker Chase Fromm recently discovered (via Apple Insider) references to LiFi in iOS 9.1 code.

iPhone 7: Apple Inc. Exploring Ultra-Fast Li-Fi Technology

How LiFi works

It indicates that Apple is at least exploring the possibility of incorporating LiFi into future iPhone models. In lab conditions, the experimental technology allows you to download multiple HD movies in less than two seconds. The iOS 9.1 library cache file mentions LiFi capability along with other software and hardware capability declarations. The technology works pretty much like a traditional infrared remote control.

iPhone 7 LiFi

It transmits data by rapidly modulating a light source, and the data is received with a light sensor before getting reassembled into an electronic signal. It relies on visible light and, according to Apple Insider, the modulation is imperceptible to human eye. It means the bulb in your bedroom can act as a data access point. The technology was discovered by professor Harald Hass of the University of Edinburgh.

iPhone 7: LiFi still has some limitations

Will Apple incorporate LiFi functionality in iPhone 7? Probably not. Because LiFi is still an experimental technology with a lot of limitations. The technology doesn’t work through walls because visible light can’t travel through walls. Another thing is that, in order to operate, LiFi-capable devices must have a direct line of sight to an operational light sensor. This limitation also has an advantage as it makes LiFi more secure than WiFi.

The LiFi references in iOS 9.1 suggest that Apple is dedicated to exploring the revolutionary technology. It was the first company to release a laptop with built-in WiFi 17 years ago. The iPhone 7 is expected to be unveiled in September 2016. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will remove the 3.5mm headphone jack to reduce its thickness to just 6mm to 6.5mm. That means users will have to rely on Bluetooth and Lightning port-compatible headphones.


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  • justrealitychecking

    lazyghost you are right. Apple is so dumb!(queue Antwan Dodson voice over), the 1 billion people using their devices are so dumb, You are the only smart one. You should probably move on…troll elsewhere. Look on PC mag or somewhere people get what your saying. I have a few Apple devices…..and now i get what you are saying…um i’m like duh, i see Apple products and I just buy them, oh sure they work great, but I don’t choose them, they choose me and they magically take my money out of my wallet and buy them. Baaaahhh baaaaaaaa baaaa (queue sheep sound). Lazy, Each person that buys APPL products, makes a decision, one you obviously don’t agree with, and you have some superior ideas about what each of them wants. I’m sure you also believe their satisfaction is not real either and that they purchase the next version when it comes out, not because they like the product, but because….uh what’s your argument?
    BTW, Don’t forget to collect your check from Sammy for posting below critique and be absolutely sure to close out those AAPL shorts before earnings Tues. I’m guessing there were more sheep joining the flock last quarter.

  • LazyGhost42

    More speculation like so many other years just to see it not come to fruition?…yup it’s the apple way. Other companies making new innovations and are in the news how do you get the sheep excited?…a beat boxing Siri…seriously…lame. Then again apple is an image marketing company and the weak minded are easily amused.