I went to the Apple Store on 5th Ave before doing a little bouldering in Central Park. Chris sent the Polish Traverse and made it look effortless. At least someone is in shape. So, I stopped by Apple and asked what they knew about the 802.11n chipset on the latest model iPod Touch. Nothing. They never know anything. Seriously, I’ve had my best experiences at these stores only in the morning on very un-busy days.
I had to get a new battery once for a black Macbook and my options were: 1) schlep to Staten Island 2) buy one or 3) schlep to the 14th Street store because they are less busy. I sat around the 14th Street store for about 45 minutes, crossed my fingers and waited for a lull in the ever present traffic. The Genius there was very nice, she took pity on me and warranteed a new battery. But my other option was to come back to the 59th store at 5AM on a Friday. Their system blows, but I digress…
The employee didn’t have any specific answers about 802.11n on the new Touch. It was his belief that it works, though I imagine if this were the case I’d have read at least one technical blog mention it. Right now the word is that it has Broadcom’s mobile n chipset and it has a single antenna and it should be capable up to 30 Mb/s. Most tech writers speculate it’ll be enabled in the next 6 months. Oh well. Also, there is no camera yet on the Touch.
The image below links to the tear down, and if you’re into such things, click here for the Broadcom PDF spec sheet.