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Code in OS X 10.8.4 Suggests Future Macs Will Offer 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi Support

Code within the latest 10.8.4 beta release of OS X confirms that 802.11ac 5G "Gigabit Wi-Fi" support, which is not offered in OS X 10.8.3, will be offered on Apple's next generation Macs, reports 9to5Mac.

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In January, Apple reportedly signed a deal with wireless chip firm Broadcom to bring the high-speed wireless access to its future Mac lineup.

802.11ac offers triple the speeds that are available with the current 802.11n standard, supporting up to 450 Mbps on one antenna and up to 1.3 Gbps when used with three antennas. The speed boost allows for quicker file transfers between home computers.

A report from Digitimes earlier today suggests that Apple might be refreshing its notebook lineup near the end of the second quarter, which may translate to an introduction at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

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13 months ago

Does anyone here have a connection faster than 300mbps? :rolleyes:


Would be nice for file transfers across the network though?
Rating: 18 Positives
13 months ago

Does anyone here have a connection faster than 300mbps? :rolleyes:


Inside my LAN I do. Plus this could make streaming things, airdrop, or screen sharing just that much quicker.
Rating: 14 Positives
13 months ago

Does anyone here have a connection faster than 300mbps? :rolleyes:



:)
Rating: 10 Positives
13 months ago
Does anyone here have a connection faster than 300mbps? :rolleyes:
Rating: 9 Positives
13 months ago

Wow, big surprise, Apple is continuing to support advancing 802.11 standards.

This is newsworthy.

:: yawn ::

Seriously? These responses are getting so tedious.

No one knew whether or not Apple would include AC wifi in the next refresh. This is an interesting rumour, get over it.
Rating: 7 Positives
13 months ago

Does anyone here have a connection faster than 300mbps? :rolleyes:


HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA No. We wish. Korea does. For less than most US 50mbps tiers. Stupid oligopoly.
Rating: 6 Positives
13 months ago
With speed like that I'm gonna need more data to transfer around!
Rating: 6 Positives
13 months ago
Wow, big surprise, Apple is continuing to support advancing 802.11 standards.

This is newsworthy.

:: yawn ::
Rating: 5 Positives
13 months ago
Thank goodness for this article.

I thought Apple was never going to use 802.11ac.

The question isn't if, but when. Of course they're going to use it, it's not even a consideration. It's like 'Future computers will be faster'. Duh.

Does anyone here have a connection faster than 300mbps? :rolleyes:


I can name quite a few actually.

Also *obligatory*, you might not likely need all the bandwidth to access the internet but you would need more bandwidth if you were copying stuff to another WiFi connected device.

Wireless is a shared medium, and half-duplex. Meaning, if two people are copying stuff over WiFi at the same time, the maximum theoretical speed is only half for each (in simple terms).
Rating: 4 Positives
13 months ago
What's with some of these comments? A short article saying 'apple will do this... Here's the evidence' is exactly what we come to macrumors for isnt it? Why are half the people commenting with 'yawn'?
Rating: 3 Positives

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