We reported last month that a possible confirmation for 802.11ac Wi-Fi support was hidden in the code of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 beta version. The term 802.11ac might be confusing for a lot of readers, basically it refers to the next generation Wi-Fi standard, which is also some times referred to as 5G or Gigabit Wi-Fi. It is heavily being rumored that the new Mac lineup is going to be announced at WWDC 2013, and prior to that, an alleged wireless card for new Macs has popped up online which hints at support for high speed 802.11ac wireless internet.
The card in question is a Broadcom BCM94360CD PCI-E mini custom combo WLAN+Bluetooth card, which would theoretically allow speeds of up to 1.3Gbps. The range is said to significantly improve as well. It was rumored previously that Apple had inked a deal with Broadcom to put its 802.11ac cards in the 2013 Macs, and with the increasing rumors of new Mac lineup being just around the corner, perhaps we wouldn’t have to wait so long for an official confirmation from Apple on this after all.
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