iPhone 5: LTE vs. WiFi

iPhone 5: LTE vs. WiFi 

Om Malik, known for his website GigaOm, posted the following to his personal blog today:

  • I am getting much higher WiFi speeds, thanks to an upgrade in the WiFi capabilities including dual-band support. The iPhone 5 now supports the 802.11a network protocol and uses the 5GHz band. This is great news… now my iPad, Macbook Pro and iPhone are all getting similar speeds.
  • Wow! For now LTE upload speeds are kicking the pants off my WiFi, which is powered by a symmetric connection.
  • How long before LTE starts to degrade?
  • My perspective: the 5 GHz/802.11n support is pretty big deal and is going to have more impact, though it isn’t clear just yet.
Nearly all of the reviews highlight the extraordinary LTE speeds, as compared to 3G. Obviously, they are faster, but Malik makes some excellent points: that speed may or may not be maintainable as more and more people utilize the spectrum. However, it’s possible that the improved WiFi chipset will quickly become one of the best features of the iPhone 5, as internet speeds improve across the globe and more services require a high-speed connection to function properly.
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