The speed increase was probably done so players will choose to land further away from the spawn point more easily. Waiting to drop isn't punished as hard anymore because you fly faster.
I have no idea if the 'stay on jump ship longer and drop straight down' or 'jump earlier and drop diagonally' is faster, but the change is probably more noticeable if you want to land further away from the dropship start location.
It feels good now. Whenever the jumpmaster wants to land further away from the initial spawn point, the waiting time is reduced by 50%.
Blueberry, it's time for the break room and some more ultimate accelerant.... there's no such thing as epic loot in this game, you been playing fortnite or apex? There's tiers of loot at poi's such as mid tier and high tier, there's a hot zone (which increase your chance of a fully kitted weapon) and there's gold guns.... but there's no such thing as epic loot.....
You're right that in specific zones there are mid tier and high tier loot. In most games the color gold is legendary, purple is considered epic and blue is rare/mid tier. I was implying the armor and attachments you'll find in those zones are of higher tier.