Specs Reveal Apple's New MacBook Pros Have Slower Wi-Fi Than Previous Generation Intel Models

Specs Reveal Apple's New MacBook Pros Have Slower Wi-Fi Than Previous Generation Intel Models

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Newly released specifications for Apple's 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros reveal that despite gaining Wi-Fi 6 support, the new laptops have slower Wi-Fi than the previous generation 802.11ac Intel models.

The M1 MacBook Pro supports a maximum PHY data rate of 1200 Mbps when connected via 802.11ax@5 GHz. Compare that to a maximum 1300 Mbps with the 2017-2019 Intel MacBook Pros when connected via 802.11ac@5 GHz.

The difference gets even more significant when both are on 802.11ac. The older MacBook Pros will reach 1300 Mbps while the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros top out at 866 Mbps. That's 33% slower.

It's likely the speed gap is due to the M1 MacBook Pro's support for a maximum of two spatial streams versus the Intel model's support for three.

Let us know if you've noticed a real world speed difference in the comments!

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Specs Reveal Apple's New MacBook Pros Have Slower Wi-Fi Than Previous Generation Intel Models

Specs Reveal Apple's New MacBook Pros Have Slower Wi-Fi Than Previous Generation Intel Models
A-Non-E-Moose
A-Non-E-Moose - October 31, 2021 at 7:42pm
Looks like Apple’s next pursuit is having their next chip capable of more spatial streams
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