A rumor from The Next Web suggests that Apple and Broadcom have come to terms and the 2013 line of Macs will support 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an ultra-fast connectivity standard that should make Internet access on the next Macs much faster than on previous iterations.
Broadcom refers to 802.11ac Wi-Fi as “5G Wi-Fi” due to said unheard-of connectivity speeds. Broadcom claims that said standard would be capable of 1.3 Gbps data transfer thanks to its three-antenna setup. Previously, Apple had made several efforts to become one of the first adopters of 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, but this standard has yet to be implemented in any one of the company’s Macs.
This would allow wireless speed to increase dramatically compared to the 802.11n technology found on present-generation Macs. 802.11n also makes use of three antennas, but connectivity speed is limited to only 450 Mbps.
According to The Next Web’s Matt Brian, although, negotiations seem to be quite promising with regards to the use of 802.11ac in the 2013 Macs, it still isn’t known whether Apple will use said 802.11ac chipsets in the next-generation iPhone, iPad or the rumored Apple TV.
At any rate, Apple adopting this exciting new standard seems to be quite possible, if not now, then probably sometime in the next year or two. Way back in 1999, Apple was one of the first few companies to make use of Wi-Fi technology; it was then when the late Steve Jobs previewed a Wi-Fi connected notebook onstage as his “one more thing” for that year’s Macworld Expo.