Apple to Add 802.11ac Wi-Fi Support to 2013 Macs, Says Report

by Sean P. Aune | January 2, 2013

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According to a new report, Apple is in talks with Broadcom to add 802.11ac Wi-Fi support to its 2013 line-up of new Macs.

Sources said to be familiar with Apple’s plans spoke with The Next Web and informed them that the company has struck a deal with Broadcom to bring the next generation Wi-Fi standard to the 2013 Mac lines.

This isn’t the first time potential plans for inclusion of 802.11ac in Macs has cropped up, and there was some talk of it happening in 2012, but that obviously did not come to be. And in this particular case, it appears that the Broadcom chips are not yet ready for the deal, but it shouldn’t be too long until they are.

As with each new Wi-Fi standard, it as taken some time for 802.11ac to catch on, and the standard is actually not yet finalized. However, this isn’t something to fear as very similar scenarios played out with the introduction of 802.11n and for the most part that worked out.

With rumors of refreshed MacBook Pro and Air models coming out in June, that seems like the most logical time we would see this rumor proven false or true.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...