Apple Lining Up 802.11ac 5G Gigabit Wi-Fi This Year

January 23, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

You might remember, at the CES venue, Broadcom surprised everyone with the launch of their first family of IEEE 802.11ac chips – based on 5G Wi-Fi. The latest news on this is that Apple is trying to usher in the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi supported products this year.

Based on the reports, the Cupertino-based company will be launching a much faster fifth generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi at new AirPort base stations, Time Capsule, Apple TV, notebooks and mobile devices.

Compared with the existing 802.11n specification used in the latest Mac, AirPort and iOS devices, the new 802.11ac promises high wireless networking speeds.

The 802.11ac 5G Gigabit Wi-Fi boasts 2 to 4 times higher frequency bandwidth, efficient data transfer through sophisticated modulation and 8 antennas –  that is, twice the existing levels. This new 5G Wi-Fi which is three times faster than the 802.11n offers speeds of over 1 Gigabit per second.

As of now, the specifications of the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi have not been finalized. It is believed that the final details will be issued by the second half of this year.

In the past, Apple and other manufacturers have incorporated wireless technology before finalizing the details, in their devices. The chance of seeing the 802.11ac 5G Gigabit Wi-Fi on Apple devices is possible, as Broadcom, their key component maker has introduced the chips just weeks ago.

Do you think Apple will successfully bring in the 802.11ac 5G Gigabit Wi-Fi on their devices?

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