TheNextWeb reports that Apple has struck a deal with wireless chip firm Broadcom. If true, this deal will allow Apple to add high-speed 802.11ac 5G “Gigabit Wi-Fi” technology to the company’s Mac lineup later this year.
While it’s believed that Apple’s 2013 Mac lineup will feature the same designs as their late-2012 counterparts, they are set to include a range of updated internal features and hardware. We’ve learned about one such chipset change – the inclusion of 802.11ac networking – providing Apple’s updated Mac range with super-fast WiFi connectivity.
Sources familiar with Apple’s plans have told The Next Web that Apple has struck a deal with chip maker Broadcom to outfit its new Macs with 802.11ac chips.
The report also notes that 802.11ac will triple the speeds offered with the current 802.11n standard. This new antenna could support up to 450 Mbps on one antenna and up to 1.3 Gbps when used with three antennas as on Apple’s latest Macs.
According to our sources, the WiFi chip isn’t currently available and is still in development. As for availability, we have been told that if work goes according to schedule, they should be part of the new line of Mac computers. There is no word on whether Apple will introduce similar chipsets in the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Time Capsule or other products.
Back in 1999, Apple was among the first companies to bring Wi-Fi to the masses when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed a wireless iBook notebook onstage as his trademark “one more thing” at the July Macworld Expo.