“With everyone gushing over iOS 7 and the new Macs, it was easy to miss the relatively low key announcement that Apple has added support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi to two key hardware products: the MacBook Air and the Airport Extreme,” Christina Bonnington reports for Wired.
“802.11ac is the next generation of WiFi — the fifth, to be specific — and it’s not even officially a standard yet. But 802.11ac is poised to benefit our wireless experience with even faster throughput and more stable connection,” Bonnington reports. “It’s designed to offer wireless speeds of up to 1.3 Gigabits per second. That’s more than double the bandwidth of the current standard, 802.11n.”
Bonnington reports, “Both Apple’s new Airport Extreme base station and the 2013 MacBook Airs feature 802.11ac support. So if you’re in the market for one of those new MacBook Airs we saw at WWDC last week, consider spending the extra $200 to upgrade your Airport Express as well. The speed boost will be worth it… Also, we can bet Apple’s next iPhone and iPad will get in on the 802.11ac game, too.”
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