Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) latest mobile operating system could provide the foundation for a future wireless data protocol that could boost transmission speeds by up to 20 times, reports MIT Technology Review. The technology, known as multipath TCP, allows a device to receive information from various types of wireless networks at the same time.
For example, a device could simultaneously receive information packets from both Wi-Fi and 4G networks before combining the separate signals into a coherent transmission. Apple appears to be employing this technology for its voice-activated personal assistant, Siri.
However, rather than using this technology to increase data transmission speeds, Apple is currently only utilizing it as a method for Siri to move seamlessly between networks without having to resubmit queries. “The rumors I’ve heard is that Apple is using it for Siri just to decrease latency by using whatever network connection is available,” said MIT grad student Jason Cloud via MIT Technology Review.