Apple’s new MacBook Pros aren’t cheap. With the 14-inch model starting at $2,000 and the 16-inch at $2,500, these are not cheap, but to be fair, they do pack quite a punch in terms of power. However, it also appears that Apple has given the new laptops slower WiFi.
This was initially spotted by graphic designer Anton Bulzomi where according to an Apple support page, it shows how the new MacBook Pros use 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5). This is versus Apple’s older 2017-2019 Intel MacBook Pros which use 802.11 ax, plus the maximum spatial streams supported on the new MacBook Pros are 2/MIMO, while the older ones actually support three.
That being said, we should point out that this probably isn’t as big a deal as you might think. This is because the speed differences are essentially around 100Mbps. Unless you’re somewhere with a very slow and unreliable connection to begin with, there’s a very good chance you might not notice any difference.
However, we suppose some might take issue with this simply because for such a brand new laptop meant to be decked out with the most powerful hardware, it is disappointing that not only has Apple not given it WiFi 6 support, but actually gave it (theoretically) slower WiFi.