OS X code reveals superfast Wi-Fi is coming to Macs

CNETAnalysis: Some devs playing around with the beta OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 have come across code that hints at the future of Apple’s Mac range . According to 9to5mac , this code references 802.11ac Wi-Fi – superfast Wi-Fi capable of 1.3 gigabits per second – a receiver for which is something that isn’t present in the current OS X 10.8.3. Talk of Apple doing a deal with Broadcom for its 802.11ac chips began back in January, though nothing was ever confirmed. But we’ll take this is a strong suggestion that a handshake did end up taking place. Ooh aah just a gigabit, ooh aah a gigabit more So what does 802.11ac give us exactly? Aside from 1.3 gbps of Wi-Fi goodness, it also gives the Wi-Fi receiver a better range too. Broadcom refers to 802.11ac as 5G Wi-Fi , with a connection speed that starts at 450Mbps – the maximum speed for Wi-Fi in most consumer gadgets. As for when we’ll see it, it’s anyone’s guess for now – but the MacBook range is due an upgrade in the next few months. Could we see it appear then? It’s looking like a distinct possibility. We contacted Broadcom to ask whether a deal with Apple had taken place, and will update if we hear more.

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