Apple has reached a deal with chip maker Broadcom that could see future Macs pack 802.11ac networking for ultra-fast Wi-Fi connections, The Next Web has learned. The report goes on to provide technical details about what makes this upcoming Gigabit Wi-Fi so fast:
802.11ac is often referred to as 5G WiFi, offering faster throughput, higher capacity, wider coverage and improved power efficiency. Products offering 802.11n connectivity (found in most consumer electronics) provide connections up to 450Mbps with three antennas, while 802.11ac equivalents start at 450Mbps for one antennae and are capable of almost tripling its predecessor with 1.3Gbps throughput via three antennas.
The implications of this change would be dramatic for Apple, as it would provide better leverage for its AirDrop feature, faster file transfers, stronger AirPlay connections and faster Internet access overall.
The chip is still in development, but could be used in Macs as early as next year. It’s also possible that 802.11ac chips could make their way to other Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Time Capsule, at a later date.