The WiFi Alliance has announced that the next generation WiFi technology will be called WiFi 6, this is devices that supports 802.11 ax technology.
They have also announced that they are changing existing names to make it more user friendly. 802.11n technology will now be now as WiFi 4 and 802.11 ac technology will now be called WiFi 5.
“For nearly two decades, Wi-Fi users have had to sort through technical naming conventions to determine if their devices support the latest Wi-Fi,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Alliance is excited to introduce Wi-Fi 6, and present a new naming scheme to help industry and Wi-Fi users easily understand the Wi-Fi generation supported by their device or connection.”
In addition to describing the capabilities of the device, device manufacturers or OS vendors can incorporate the generational terminology in User Interface (UI) visuals to indicate the current type of Wi-Fi connection. The UI visual will adjust as a device moves between Wi-Fi networks so users have real-time awareness of their device connection. Beginning with Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs based on major IEEE 802.11 releases will use a generational Wi-Fi name; Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ certification is coming in 2019.
The new WiFi 6 and supported devices will be launching in 2019, you can find out more details at the link below.
Source WiFi Allaince