After the iPhone 3.0 firmware update, we wondered whether the the next gen iPhone would bring a new chip with support for 802.11n. Now a job posting on Apple's website is feeding that theory.
We've already seen that the newest iPod Touch has a Broadcom BCM4329 chip with support for 802.11n and FM transmission - something missing in our most recent iPhone generation - but we've also learned that the hardware is dormant, perhaps to be brought to life by later additions in software support.
A recent Apple job posting teases that such software support might come soon along with 802.11n capabilities for the next gen iPhone, because it's asking for a Wi-Fi software engineer to join the iPhone team and bring experience in:
• Implementation of 802.11 a/b/g/n & related specifications. • 802.11i/802.1x Security protocols • Good understanding of wireless RF technologies & co-existence issues of 802.11 PHYs with other Wireless interfaces like Bluetooth.
Ooh la la. Yes, it's just a job posting and pure speculation regarding what we'll see in the next generation of iPhones, but addition of Wireless N capabilities and support are a logical addition and seem rather likely. [Apple - Thanks, A!]