Actually, it makes little sense to have AC in the iPads. It's really designed for home networking systems where you do large transfers between computers. I can't wait for that since I do such things between my Mac computers. For my iPad/iPhone? No interest.I don't see why not. With all the big deal they made of ac versus n/g at the WWDC keynote it would be a dumb move for Apple not to include it in both models. I don't think Apple is into shooting themselves in the foot, at least not yet.
Actually it makes a lot of sense. There's extra overhead if you have a mix of 802.11b/g/n/ac devices on the same network.Actually, it makes little sense to have AC in the iPads.
Is there any extra overhead? Currently I use my iPhone 5 on the 2.4Ghz G network, and my iMac and Mac mini on the 5Ghz N network. Two separate SSIDs (on most modern routers, including the Time Capsule). There's no additional overhead since that's two separate bands.Actually it makes a lot of sense. There's extra overhead if you have a mix of 802.11b/g/n/ac devices on the same network.
Also, it's a checkbox on technical specs that consumers look at. "Oh, it's got the latest."
And finally, I don't think there is a real cost difference to Apple to include 802.11ac in the iOS devices, so why not?
So people don't use iPads at home?Actually, it makes little sense to have AC in the iPads. It's really designed for home networking systems where you do large transfers between computers.
Of course people use iPads at home. But I don't really see the use case for AC for iPhones or iPads. I'm sure someday they will get AC. Just not anytime soon I'd imagine. I use many devices over 2.4Ghz and never have an issue. Numerous wifi printers, two iPads, two iPhones, XBOX, 360, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Vita etc. Often at least 6-10 devices are connected simultaneously. I also live in a busy city with a lot of wifi signals (downtown Seattle). No issues.So people don't use iPads at home?
Now you are thinking single-thread, single user, what if Mr. Smith family of 10 are trying to use the WIFI simultaneously?
Anywhoo, need it or not, the tech-world is "My stuff is faster than your stuff" so Apple will be pressured to put AC on their stuff because the competitors have them. That's just the order of things.
What are all of the issues w/ poor wifi in the mini that you are referring to? I have the rMini and have never had an issue.Can we expect both the mini and full size to take up this chip? With all the issues about poor wifi from the mini in particular, is it fair to assume we'll see an update?
I feel that way about 3G vs LTE. 1 MB/s seems to be more than adequate for the things I can download anyway.Using the speediest app my rMini gets over 80mbps from the router above (Airport Extreme, 5GHz N). If I stand near the router, it's over 100. I don't really see how a tablet would need more than that!