Apple expected to upgrade products to 802.11ac 5G ‘Gigabit WiFi’ this year

“Apple is expected to rapidly deploy support for the new 802.11ac specification this year, adding so called ‘Gigabit WiFi’ to new AirPort base stations, Time Capsule, Apple TV, notebooks and potentially its mobile devices,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“The new 802.11ac standard achieves much faster wireless networking speeds than the existing 802.11n specification (in use on the latest Mac, AirPort and iOS devices) by using 2 to 4 times the frequency bandwidth (from 80 to 160MHz), more efficient data transfers through sophisticated modulation, and more antennas (up to 8; existing standards support up to 4, while Apple’s Macs currently use up to 3),” Dilger reports. “In addition to reaching networking speeds above 1 Gigabit (about three times as fast as 802.11n networks can manage), 802.11ac promises better networking range, improved reliability, and more power efficient chips, thanks to parallel advances in reducing chip size and enhancing power management.”

Dilger reports, “While Apple wasn’t the first company to sell wireless devices, it was first to bring the technology into the mainstream beginning in 1999, when Steve Jobs dramatically demonstrated Apple’s initial AirPort technology onstage at the July Macworld Expo as “one more thing” after showing off the company’s new consumer iBook notebook.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


        1. Actually, implicit in Mr Bill’s comment was that he was going to adopt the new tech quickly, upgrading all his equipment. He’s simply bemoaning the cost. My interpretation is that he is simply groaning about his own slavish desire to have the latest tech.

          Or maybe it means he doesn’t like technology like you said.

  1. I’m all for this, but I’m not really sure it will make much difference. That’s an awful lot of bandwidth for a LAN. It’s the connection to the Internet that’s the laggard for most people.

    1. In the US. Other countries that recognize internet connectivity as part of their national infrastructure, like roads and water systems, will just be armed to continue their leapfrog past Americas kleptocracy whose motto is: “We just want what’s ours. And it’s all ours.”

  2. I am viewing this using the MDN App on my iPad. Ironic that when trying to view the embedded video, I get a message that my “browser” does not support viewing the video. Come on MDN!!!

  3. This will be great whenever I purchase my next iMac or get a new laptop. I love that Apple is quick to adopt newer tech. This is definitely not a reason to delay a purchase if one needs a new Mac, but will be nice to have when it is included.

  4. Reduce the size of the CHIP and you get a better product.
    NICE !!!!
    So one day – LETS put every component required ON the CHIP — the MicroChip of a complete Cellphone or the complete iMac entirely miniaturized as a single CHIP – motherboard and all — so tiny and much faster – more reliable — more efficient. RIGHT!

  5. Just as washing one’s car provokes a rainstorm, my recent purchase of an Airport Extreme Base Station (supporting 802.11n) portends obsolescence.

    As ever was.

  6. Oh hell. We are all in the same boat. It is said we “drink the cool-aid”. Fine. Sure. Whatever. We’ve learned. We like what we like and we will always aspire to possess the newest tech, specifically if it’s from THE company we know we can trust to do things right. (damn near every time).

    So bring it on. My CC awaits.

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