Is Apple just Anti 802.11N?

by John Wilker in I am a Consumer, iPhone, Mac, Technology

So the inevitable tear-down has been completed on the new iPod Touch. It’s “802.11n ready”

Ready? I’ll leave the

Then it occurred to me, the iPhone 3GS, not 802.11n either. Screen shot 2009-09-13 at 2.52.02 PM

Airport and Airport Extreme devices are 802.11n, so are Apple laptops. So why not the handheld devices? The only thing I can think of is, power. Since Apple certainly doesn’t mind putting it in other devices.

But is it that big of drain? It’s not like iPhones are exactly long lived on battery as it is. Why limit their wifi speed?

just a random thought, but it occurred to me that 802.11n isn’t new, draft n devices (including the aforementioned Apple ones) have been around for a while, and now that it’s ratified, what’s holding Apple back?

4 Responses to “Is Apple just Anti 802.11N?”

  1. Nick Kwiatkowski says:

    One of the main reasons why you won't see many 802.11n handheld devices anytime soon is that 802.11n splits up the signals between 6 agile frequencies. That means that for you to work in "n" mode, you need to have 6 seperate radios, or one radio agile enough to work on 6 different frequencies. If you can imagine the battery drain for 802.11g, and multiply it by 6, you can see where the problem is.

    Will we see these devices in the future — i'm sure we will, but right now they haven't invested in the technology (because it wasn't ratified).

  2. I was just reading somewhere that the new ipods have 802.11n chips in there, though n is not enabled.

  3. Sean Christmann says:

    802.11n wouldn't make much sense on a phone, since n only improves speed on internal network communication, not external. 802.11g is 54 mbps, most internet connections top out at 15 mbps

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