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[Rumor] Apple to implement faster wireless network specification

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New reports from Appleinsider claim Apple might be preparing to launch the next wireless standard 802.11ac across all of their Mac computer product line-up at some point in 2012. The current range of Apple products—such as the Macintosh, AirPort and iOS devices—all utilize the current standard of 802.11n specification, but if Appleinsider rumors pan out we will soon be seeing a new network of 802.11ac chips that would feature better range and power efficiency than the existing chips.

According to Broadcomm, this new standard for wireless networking technology will be capable of reaching three times faster speeds than the existing wireless networks, and have a maximum speed of over 1 Gigabit per second.

Appleinsider explains the benefits of these kinds of networks:

“5G WiFi is the next generation Wi-Fi standard required for today’s mobile and video era. The new 802.11ac standard could achieve more efficient data transfers through sophisticated modulation, and more antennas (up to 8; existing standards support up to 4, while Apple’s Macs currently use up to 3).”

Despite this new standard lacking any official certification, many manufacturers unveiled products at CES 2012 with components supporting the 802.11ac standard that we should be seeing by the second half of this year.

Back in 2006, Apple was amongst the first companies to adopt the 802.11n standard, long before receiving the final certification. Apple has become well-known within the tech industry for adopting new technologies in the past and making them a standard across the market. So, there is a possibility the company might roll-out this new specification to Apple devices this year.

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