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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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
  2. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
    Finally some good publicity for the new iPhones
  3. macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2012
  4. Jakewilk macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2014
    I guess ac WiFi is a bigger deal than I figured
  5. diddl14 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2009
  6. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    "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.
  7. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

    Aug 11, 2008
    Its really not, you won't see any applicable difference in real world scenarios.
  8. Slix macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2010
    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.
  9. DOMZiKE macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2014
    Maybe the plastic bands on back are not that bad afterall #
  10. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

    Aug 11, 2008
    Name a single wide spread consumer facing IPS that wouldn't be the limiting factor.
  11. Eorlas macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2010
    Meanwhile, I have the usual consumer level plan from Comcast that doesn't get me those speeds to take advantage of.

  12. Scott90 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    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?
  13. appleii.c macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2013
    Wait for it... they'll put a negative spin on it somehow.
  14. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    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.
  15. Dionte macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    Tryna figure out how I can test it with my new free tmobile 802.11ac router.
  16. mike... macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2008
    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.
  17. CartoonCat macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2014
    Wow...Something positive about the new iPhones on MacRumors? How unusual. I'm pretty sure this trend won't last long though. ;)
  18. 2crazy macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2012
    Saint Louis
    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.
  19. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Well i guess Wifi sync will be alot faster with new iPhones. But i suppose thats it?
  20. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    It will not take half the time to transfer my movies and tv shows :)
  21. mikeyteh macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
    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.
  22. Viddrumr32 macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2007
    Raleigh NC
    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
  23. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    What about beamforming? That was my main interest in ac
  24. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Maybe YOU won't, but I sure will.

    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.
  25. youknome macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2010
    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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