Here's How Much Faster New iPhone Wi-Fi is Than Your Old iPhone's

By Eric Limer on at

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus aren't just bigger and better than ever, they've also got some subtle internal upgrades. I'm not talking processors; the new iPhones are the first Apple handsets to ship with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and that gives them a hell of a speed boost, as you'll see in this handy video by iClarified.

802.11ac has already poked its head out in Androids and Windows Phones like the S5 and Note 3 from Galaxy, the HTC One, and the Nokia Lumia Icon, but this is the first time iPhoners will get a taste of the delicious speed. 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi connections can suck up data more than twice as fast as the old 802.11n, and it shows here as the iPhone 6 Plus gets a more than 2x Wi-Fi speed improvement over its older brother, and that translates to smoother web-surfin' and video-loadin' on your own home network.

The catch, of course, is that you have to have a router that can support this flavour of Wi-Fi too, and if you haven't updated your router in the past few years, you aren't going to benefit until you do. But if you needed something to give you a shove, maybe it's time. [iClarified]