FCC filings reveal Apple’s mysterious iOS-powered ‘Network Adapter’

New U.S. FCC filings this week reveal a mysterious new iOS-powered “Network Adapter” from Apple codenamed “A2657.”

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Filipe Espósito for MacRumors:

According to documents shared by the FCC, Apple sent a sample unit of this device to the agency on January 22, 2022. Although there are no images of the adapter, the documents describe details of its internal hardware.

Apple’s mysterious Network Adapter has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC antennas, plus a USB-C port. Interestingly, the FCC filings also show that the accessory features 32GB of internal storage and 1.5GB of RAM. A second version of the same product has a Lightning port instead of USB-C and only 1GB of RAM.

If by any chance this adapter is a new unreleased product from Apple, would it be a modern network hub for Mac users or an AirPort replacement?

MacDailyNews Take: As our eero Pro 6 has currently decided to randomly disconnect for a minute or so every few hours (any ideas to fix are greatly appreciated), bring it on! We miss our AirPort Extremes.

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6 Comments

  1. Could it be related to a virtual headset? Instead of the headset being big and bulky, could it be small and communicate with a wired base connected to your home router? Hmmmm

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