Apple Poised to Adopt New Wi-Fi Standard in 2012
Apple might be pushing the Wi-Fi envelope again in 2012 by adopting the “Gigabit Wi-Fi” standard.
This new standard, 802.11ac, uses four times the frequency bandwidth compared to current Wi-Fi standards and requires up to eight antennas to function. The new standard is capable of lightning fast 1 Gigabit network speeds and increases range, reliability, and decreases power consumption at the same time. While the standard hasn’t been ratified by the 802.11 Working Group this hasn’t stopped manufacturers like Broadcom from announcing chip-sets and components supporting the standard.
Also, Apple has a history of staying ahead of the Wi-Fi curve. Jobs introduced Apple’s airport Wi-Fi home networking solution as the one-more-thing component of his Macworld 1999 keynote presentation. Apple’s iBook was the first consumer laptop to come with Wi-Fi built-in and the 802.11b standard present in the iBook wasn’t ratified till September of 1999. Apple released the Airport Extreme in 2003 using the 802.11g standard a full six months before the standard was ratified. Perhaps the best example is Apple’s implementation of the 802.11n standard. Apple’s first generation Apple TV used the technology way back in 2006, with the rest of the Mac lineup later following suit. The 802.11n standard wasn’t formally ratified until October of 2009.
The precedent for Apple’s early adoption and implementation of new Wi-Fi standards is well established and adopting the 802.11ac standard and its 1 Gigabit network speeds this year would be par for the course.
Source: Apple Insider