RUMOR: Apple Will Adopt 802.11ac 5G Gigabit WiFi This Year

Posted on January 23, 2012 by

Apple is expected to support the new 802.11ac WiFi specification this year, according to AppleInsider. This new standard can reach speeds above 1GB, about 3 times as fast as 802.11n networks. 802.11ac also promises better networking range, improved reliability and more power efficient chips.

This “Gigabit WiFi” specification is not finalized yet, but the final specification is expected to be certified in the second half of 2012. Apple is known for using unfinalized WiFi technology in the past. Apple used 802.11n in AirPort base stations years before the standard was officially certified.

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  1. Travis Epperson says:

    I don’t think there is much chance that Apple is going to adopt AC this year.  It’s not finalized and it’s unproven.  They are going to want to have a chipset they can completely count on.  802.11N was different because it was in the market and for quite some time before it was finalized.  AC is just to new and iphone is to big of a product.