When will the ipod touch be updated to support wifi N??

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by fishface17, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. fishface17 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2008
    any guesses??
    could it be done with a software update for current users??
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    It's an issue of hardware and battery.

    The iPod touch does not have 802.11n-capable hardware so it's not going to be a simple software update - the iPod touch would need to be redesigned and re-tooled to have the new wireless card inside it. So no - the current iPod touch will never support 802.11n.

    There is also the issue of battery, would an 802.11n iPod touch use more battery or not?
  3. archi17 macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2008
    i think it uses a lot more battery, so it mightn't happen for a long while
  4. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    It is most certainty not a software upgrade, it is a hardware issue, but I also suspect that it sucks in a lot more battery power, and there isn't really a need for it, as after all, it is a mobile device.
  5. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    The best reason for having WiFi n on the touch (or iPhone or any other portable device) is that if you connect a non-N device to a WiFi N network, performance of the whole network drops dramatically. I've got round the issue by having two separate WiFi networks (One N and one G) but it would be easier just to have one!
  6. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    Okay, I guess experience tells best, I don't have a N-router, just a crappy G, so I guess that when using a G on an N there is a noticeable difference.
  7. amusiccale macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    I hadn't thought about the problem with mixed networks (N and G together). It seems unlikely, though, that N will find its way to the Touch without it reaching the iPhone first. (We've got separate B and G networks in our house for similar reasons, just a few years behind).
  8. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2006
    I can't come up with a good enough reason why one would need/want 802.11n in their iPod touch. The 802.11g standard can stream anything that the iPod can display. You could theoretically stream HD quality video if the iPod was capable of displaying it. Not many people in the world have a 54mbps+ internet connection so that would go to waste. Then again, the iPod would be a bottleneck because it can't keep up (safari rendering, etc).

    So, why would you want 802.11n on the iPod Touch? (other than Phil A.'s reason)

  9. PMB macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2007
    New York
    It will be updated to support N when Steve updates it:D
    no one knows...

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