RUMOUR: Next gen iPhone to feature 802.11n Wi-Fi and video editing


From no video whatsoever to video editing? That’s the possibility rumoured today for the next generation of the iPhone, due in June. Screenshots from the beta have inadvertently revealed elements of the UI that suggest that video editing will be possible. It’s already looking like there’ll be recording and uploading on the 3.0 phone.

Also, digging into the new wireless drivers for the device from Broadcom suggests that the new iPhone may support low-power 802.11n Wi-Fi, which is considerably faster than standard b/g support if you have a compatible router.

Whatever happens, it’s unlikely that the new iPhone will do anything other than gain rave reviews from critics, but there’ll still be an increasingly growing market of people dissatisfied with Apple’s growing dominance in the sector, in a way which never happened with the embryonic MP3 player market.

(via MacRumours)

£55 for a painless 802.11n router upgrade? The Trendnet TEW-637AP Wireless Easy-N-Upgrader


If you’re still rocking an 802.11b/g wireless router, then you’re living in the dark ages, networkily-speaking. The new n standard is faster, more powerful and more secure. The problem is, though, that upgrading your router is a pain, involving painstaking copying of network settings and a significant cash outlay.

Enter the Trendnet TEW-637AP Wireless Easy-N-Upgrader. Plug it into the back of your existing router, and it’ll do everything for you, converting the network to 802.11n and keeping all your existing settings. It’s available in the USA from NewEgg for just $25, but us Brits have to pay £55 for the thing! Hopefully we’ll see a similar price cut in the near future.

Product Page (via OhGizmo!)

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Macworld 2008: Apple launches Time Capsule wireless backup system

apple_time_capsule.jpgSteve Jobs today announced a new hardware and software combo designed to make backing up multiple Macs over a wireless network as painless as possible.

The Time Capsule hardware is a revamped 802.11n Wi-Fi base station (Airport Extreme) with a built in server grade hard drive with either 500GB or 1TB capacity.

Introduced by Jobs as a much more convenient way of backing up notebook Macs (no-one wants the hassle of connecting cables to an external hard drive, he said) but usable by any OS X Leopard-equipped Macs.

Software-wise, it utilises the Time Machine functionality introduced in Leopard.

Dell happy with pre-standard 802.11n Wi-Fi equipment

wifi.pngDell has defended its decision to join the growing number of manufacturers releasing high-speed Wi-Fi equipment based on the draft 802.11n specification.

Given the amount of gadgetry already on the market you’d be forgiven for thinking the standard was near completion, but in fact it isn’t due to be ratified until March 2009.

Liam Quinn, Dell’s chief technology officer for communications, security, peripherals and systems, told ZDNet that it doesn’t really matter that the standard hasn’t been finalised yet.