Originally Posted by Programmer
Nothing... today's problem has more to do with the sudden explosion of popularity of these "personal base stations". And I don't think webcasting the keynote would necessarily quell the use of them -- all the media people present want to get their own words out there. The real answer is to upgrade the Wi-Fi equipment at Moscone, and ban the use of these personal base stations.
Don't be too quick to dismiss wireless handling changes in the new iPad and iPhone. If you Google 'iPad wifi problems' you will see that in fact there are many
people reporting issues. Delve into those a little and you'll discover that many people mention that all their other devices work fine, but the iPad experiences sluggish / slow wifi performance; a typical statement runs along the lines of 'my iPhone 3G / 3GS works fine, but the iPad is slow.'
Now take a look at the video from today's keynote - the 3GS loaded well before the iPhone 4, which is the same issue being reported about iPad. Given the wide-ranging reports about iPad, I don't think you should dismiss this as a peer sharing / resourcing issue - I think there could be something to what the original poster suggested. It is highly likely that whatever hardware changes were made in iPad may also have been made in iPhone 4. And here is a biggie: none of those earlier models supported N. I'm guessing something flaky in Apple's implementation of the N protocols, or in the hardware itself.
On a personal note, I had the same issues with my iPad - unexpected and inexplicable networking issues while my 3G and other devices all worked fine. I had plenty of scenarios that looked like what Steve experiences today, except instead of a 3GS and iPhone4, it was my 3G and iPad, with the 3G winning over the iPad.
Here's hoping Steve's experience today will cause some pressure to be exerted on engineering to find and resolve the wifi issue. For iPad, it will almost certainly hurt them in the enterprise.