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#16 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 19:51

Surely it is 5th generation though?

1: 802.11a
2: 802.11b
3: 802.11g
4: 802.11n
5: 802.11ac?

I know its cool to hate on Apple, but come on you are scraping the barrel a bit there.


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 20:04

Surely it is 5th generation though?

1: 802.11a
2: 802.11b
3: 802.11g
4: 802.11n
5: 802.11ac?

I know its cool to hate on Apple, but come on you are scraping the barrel a bit there.


Even though(or maybe especially since) it isn't Apple who is actually referring to it as 5G. I think for 99% of users 5th Generation WiFi makes a lot more sens than ac and I'm sure 6th gen will make a lot more sense than whatever is next.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 20:32

Even though (or maybe especially since) it isn't Apple who is actually referring to it as 5G. I think for 99% of users 5th Generation WiFi makes a lot more sens than ac and I'm sure 6th gen will make a lot more sense than whatever is next.

I never care about about marketed names; the only thing that should matter is whether a device supports standards I need or not.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 22:49

I doubt the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers will allow this.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 23:21

Surely it is 5th generation though?

1: 802.11a
2: 802.11b
3: 802.11g
4: 802.11n
5: 802.11ac?

I know its cool to hate on Apple, but come on you are scraping the barrel a bit there.


No one ever refers to WiFi standards by generation number. The attempt here is to fool customers by confusing WiFi standards with LTE.

"Oh did you hear Apple has 5G now. Android is still only 4G." I can hear it already.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 00:21

This is not a marketing image from Apple.

And 5G makes more sense than ac to most consumers anyway

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 00:29

This is not a marketing image from Apple.

And 5G makes more sense than ac to most consumers anyway

not really, especially when it's already considered by most consumers to have to do with cellphone speed and nothing with wifi

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 00:40

Oh, awesome. Now I have to deal with customers who want the iPhone with the 5G, and how it varies from 4G, LTE, etc.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 00:57

It will cause confusion. AU will probably have an issue with it.

#25 Yusuf M.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:09

Broadcom is the one referring to 802.11ac as "5G": http://www.5gwifi.org/

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It seems like a marketing name to me. I don't think it's a good idea to refer to it as 5G because customers will most likely assume it's the successor to LTE (often referred to as 4G). The problem with that is one is a wireless networking standard and the other is a mobile broadband communication standard.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:10

I thought 5G was coming in this chart

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#27 Stetson

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:38

No one ever refers to WiFi standards by generation number. The attempt here is to fool customers by confusing WiFi standards with LTE.

"Oh did you hear Apple has 5G now. Android is still only 4G." I can hear it already.


But the 5G name is from Broadcom and they supply chips in all sorts of phones, Apple and Android.

#28 Javik

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:46

Broadcom are going to end up confusing people with this. Silly IMO

#29 Inertia

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:59

Ejerts!

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:24

non-news. Broadcom is referring to this as 5G and since Broadcom doesn't sell directly to consumers it is a non-issue. I'm sure the iPhone engineers will know the difference between the 5G WiFi and 5G cell technology. Apple will more than likely call it AC or whatever else is common for consumers.