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Samtb

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Is it normal for a speed test to show that wifi speeds are slowest on an iphone compared to an ipad and laptop on the same network?
 

Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
Every single speedtest could be different give and take some mb's.
But the iphone seems to be the one pretty slow compared to the others.
I'd try a reset network settings on the phone and try again.
 
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wxman2003

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What type of devices? iphone 4 vs ipad Air? Or are they all new devices? I get the same speeds on my 5s, ipad air and iMac via wifi.
 
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rdy0329

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Maybe...

You set the iPhone speedtest to MB/s vs. Mbps on air and Laptop. Just maybe, if not, try on another wifi network.
 
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Samtb

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My iPhone 5 was stuck at 0.5 Mbps on WiFi until I updated from iOS 6 to iOS 7. After the update, WiFi speeds were comparable to my Windows laptop.

I'm a bit worried about updating to ios7 as I've heard that the battery life goes down alot, so I haven't done it yet. Can anyone advise on this? I would have thought the battery life would be the same as the 5C as the 5 and 5C have identical specifications.
 
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dawideksl

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i have 120mbps connection, on my iMac speed is about 115mbps, iPhone 5S about 94 mbps, ipad mini 1st gen about 31mbps!
 
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cynics

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My iPhone 4S on iOS 7 has always maxed out wifi speeds I've been connected to. At home I get 30up 30 down which is my cap.

It depends on network usage. If I'm running something else like Netflix on AppleTV I can see a slight drop as the bandwidth is shared.

Regardless .5 is unacceptable if other devices are faster. Try resetting network settings. Then upgrading to iOS 7 (battery life is still ok, it's a trade off, more features use more power).
 
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chambone

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Yes it's normal because your laptop has much more processing power and probably 3 antennas. I have a 120 mbps connection, wifi about 90 mbps on the laptops, and about 35 mbps on an iphone 5 and a 4S. We also have a 3GS that does about 16.
 
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cynics

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Yes it's normal because your laptop has much more processing power and probably 3 antennas. I have a 120 mbps connection, wifi about 90 mbps on the laptops, and about 35 mbps on an iphone 5 and a 4S. We also have a 3GS that does about 16.

But .5 on an iPhone and 6 on an iPad? Even an iPad air vs a 3GS won't have that large of a difference. At least not for me they don't.
 
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bushman4

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Depends on many variables. First would be the router and bandwidth that you are using. Next the channel which the router is working on may not be the optimum channel for your iPhone. Some routers don't give you the option of changing the channel.
Usually the more expensive routers have more options.
 
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