Video Compares iPhone 6 Plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi Speeds to 802.11n iPhone 5s Speeds

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Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the first Apple mobile devices to come equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which supports much faster data throughput speeds. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is able to offer connection speeds that are up to three times faster than existing 802.11n networks.

iClarified has created a new video that compares the Wi-Fi speeds of the iPhone 6 Plus, which supports 802.11ac, to the iPhone 5s, which supports 802.11n, when connected to an AirPort Extreme. The site also created a custom app for the test.

Both devices were freshly restored to iOS 8.0 and connected to the 2013 Apple AirPort Extreme. The router was placed 1.5 metres away from the smartphones and each iPhone was connected to the AirPort Extreme using a 5GHz-only network. No other devices were connected to the wireless network at the time of the test and the downloads were performed at separate times. We cut them together for comparison.
As expected, the iPhone 6 Plus sees much faster connection speeds that reach 278.5 Mbps, while the iPhone 5s tops out at approximately 101.1 Mbps. While speeds are improved in this test, the actual speeds that users see in the real world will vary based on connection strength and other factors, as an actual ISP connection is generally the limiting factor for speeds when connecting to the Internet. When an 802.11ac Wi-Fi network is available, however, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users should see significant speed improvements.

Along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus offer several other connectivity improvements, including faster LTE with support for LTE Advanced and voice over LTE, which enables higher-quality phone calls. The iPhone 6 also supports calls over Wi-Fi, for access to high-quality voice connections even in areas where cellular connection is poor.

Article Link: Video Compares iPhone 6 Plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi Speeds to 802.11n iPhone 5s Speeds
 

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"other factors, as an actual ISP connection is generally the limiting factor for speeds when connecting to the Internet."

That right there is my problem as my ISP is Comcrap.
 

Slix

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Safari, I mean, the new iPhones seem snappier!

All joking aside, this is to be expected, but still cool to see a video test showing it.
 

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"other factors, as an actual ISP connection is generally the limiting factor for speeds when connecting to the Internet."

That right there is my problem as my ISP is Comcrap.
Name a single wide spread consumer facing IPS that wouldn't be the limiting factor.
 

Eorlas

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Meanwhile, I have the usual consumer level plan from Comcast that doesn't get me those speeds to take advantage of.

=/
 

Scott90

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I guess actually WiFi is a bigger deal than I figured
Not really, because your Internet connection is likely far below the 275Mbps that your WiFi connection can handle. It's really only useful for file transfer within the network, and how often do you do that to/from your iPhone?
 

Moonjumper

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While speeds are improved in this test, the actual speeds that users see in the real world will vary based on connection strength and other factors, as an actual ISP connection is generally the limiting factor for speeds when connecting to the Internet.
ISP connection is not the only use for wi-fi, especially with all the OS X / iOS continuity features that allow devices to work together. So .ac will be very useful.
 

mike...

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Name a single wide spread consumer facing IPS that wouldn't be the limiting factor.
Well my iPhone 5 has slower 802.11n throughput than my ISP can provide. i5 gets about 80 to 90Mbps but I get almost 160Mbps from my ISP.
 

CartoonCat

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Wow...Something positive about the new iPhones on MacRumors? How unusual. I'm pretty sure this trend won't last long though. ;)
 

2crazy

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Well my iPhone 5 has slower 802.11n throughput than my ISP can provide. i5 gets about 80 to 90Mbps but I get almost 160Mbps from my ISP.
It certainly is nice being able to use your Internet connection at full speed. But in most cases the download speed is likely to be limited by the server you are downloading from.
 

Skika

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Well i guess Wifi sync will be alot faster with new iPhones. But i suppose thats it?
 

mikeyteh

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So... in a vacuum, the iPhone 6/6 Plus get faster wifi than the iPhone 5s? When Fiber gets here in years, I'll let you know how great it is if I haven't traded in my 6 Plus by then.
 

Viddrumr32

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iPhone 5 faster than 6 Plus on a Wireless N network

What I'm curious about is how come my old iPhone 5 is faster on N networks than my 6 Plus? At work the 5 runs about 85-90mbps both ways while my 6 Plus maxes around 35mbps down and anywhere from 45-90mbps up. I'm hoping it's something to do with the speedtest app not being updated yet for iOS 8 but I do wonder considering both phones are on iOS 8.0.2
 

Small White Car

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Its really not, you won't see any applicable difference in real world scenarios.
Maybe YOU won't, but I sure will.

It's really only useful for file transfer within the network, and how often do you do that to/from your iPhone?
A lot. Well, certainly a lot more starting now. I tend to use Dropbox instead of the direct-access apps because it's convinient, but if those apps start working faster directly over my network I may end up using them more than I have in the past.
 

youknome

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The funny thing is many are having wifi problems because of iOS 8. The worst major OS update from my memory!
 
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