Broadcom chip could enable Wi-Fi Direct, Airdrop in next iPhone

The next iPhone may include dual-band Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct capability. Several reports referencing leaks on the features to be included in the next-generation iPhone suggest the new Apple model will employ the Broadcom BCM4334 Wi-Fi/cellular/Bluetooth system-on-chip.

The enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities in that SoC, such as support for the Wi-Fi Direct peer-to-peer connectivity standard, could help bring a number of new applications to the iPhone. The inclusion of Wi-Fi Direct is leading some observers to suggest that one of those applications might be the file-sharing solution Airdrop, which in the past has relied on Wi-Fi Direct for sharing files.

Broadcom has been one of the major vendor forces behind Wi-Fi Direct, which may finally be starting to work its way into mobile phones.

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