References Found in OS X 10.8.4 Beta Suggest New Macs Will Support 802.11ac

Posted April 10, 2013 at 7:03am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 5593 views

References found in the new OS X 10.8.4 beta suggest that upcoming Macs will support 802.11ac wireless networking, reports 9to5Mac.

The code was located by a tipster inside of the operating system’s WiFi-frameworks folder. As you can see in the image directly below, the 802.11ac code is not found in OS X 10.8.3, which is the latest public release of Apple’s Mac operating system.

A report from earlier this year said that Apple had struck a deal with chip maker Broadcom to outfit its new Macs with 802.11ac chips. Theoretically, the standard will result in multi-station WLAN throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbit/s) and a maximum single link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second (500 Mbit/s). For comparison, 802.11n delivers about a third of the speed of 802.11ac.

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iCrunch - April 10, 2013 at 9:13am
SWEET! 802.11ac will be scalable for years and provide much faster speeds than Gigabit Ethernet. I can't wait!
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