“It may be Apple’s worst-kept secret, but it’s a secret nonetheless: the company is including wireless cards in the new MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo that support the draft 802.11n wireless protocol,” Jason D. O’Grady blogs for ZDNet.

“The final 802.11n specification is projected to be released in December 2006 but that could slip as far back as 2008. The 802.11n spec supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies and typical data rates are expected to be 200Mbit/sec with a maximum of 540 Mbit/sec. Range is expected to be ~160 feet,” O’Grady reports. “Apple also shipped a draft 802.11n wireless card in the latest Core 2 Duo 20-inch iMac.”

O’Grady reports, “While not confirmed, it is widely believed that Apple’s forthcoming iTV device will also ship with 802.11n to support the greater bandwidth required to transmit video (especially HD) wirelessly.”

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