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.
One reason why Apple is currently only using this technology for Siri may be due to the complexities of joining two separate data streams that transmit at different speeds together. However, researchers from MIT and other institutes have been testing another technology that may solve some of the complexity issues with multipath TCP.
A technology known as “network coding” appears to resolve some of the problems associated with multipath TCP. Network coding provides an efficient method for receiving and recombining multipath TCP data. Although Apple has yet to take advantage of this recent technological development, Stanford professor of electrical engineering Andrea Goldsmith told MIT Technology Review that, “It’s great to see Apple move in this direction, as it will inspire more developments in theory and practice.”
If Apple does incorporate this groundbreaking new technology into its iPhones, it could give the Cupertino-based company a competitive edge over other smartphone makers. Here’s how Apple has traded today.
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