TheNextWeb reports that Apple has struck a deal with wireless chip firm Broadcom that will see high-speed 802.11ac 5G “Gigabit Wi-Fi” come to the company’s Mac lineup later this year.

While it’s believed that Apple’s 2013 Mac lineup will feature the same designs as their late-2012 counterparts, they are set to include a range of updated internal features and hardware. We’ve learned about one such chipset change – the inclusion of 802.11ac networking – providing Apple’s updated Mac range with super-fast WiFi connectivity.

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans have told The Next Web that Apple has struck a deal with chip maker Broadcom to outfit its new Macs with 802.11ac chips.

The report notes that 802.11ac will roughly triple the speeds seen with the current 802.11n standard, supporting up to 450 Mbps on one antenna and up to 1.3 Gbps when used with three antennas as on Apple’s latest Macs.

According to our sources, the WiFi chip isn’t currently available and is still in development. As for availability, we have been told that if work goes according to schedule, they should be part of the new line of Mac computers. There is no word on whether Apple will introduce similar chipsets in the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Time Capsule or other products.

A similar report from nearly a year ago claimed that 802.11ac would be coming to Macs in 2012, but the development failed to occur as Broadcom has apparently continued to work on its chips supporting the forthcoming standard.

Just after I ordered mine! :(
Sweet, this should actually make Safari snappier ;)
The Best News Ever !!!

This 4G, 5G, 3G marketing terms are getting annoying now.

Whenever a company wants to hype it’s product, just slap on an increment of the previous number and add a ‘G’ at the end. Lo and behold, people will assume it’s awesome.

The 5G here stands for 5th generation. And it is.

1st Generation = 802.11a
2nd Generation = 802.11b
3rd Generation = 802.11g
4th Generation = 802.11n
5th Generation = 802.11ac

They are not as you seem to believe relying on the 3G/4G moniker from mobile phone devices to indicate the speed of 802.11ac

When 802.11n first launched it was referred to as 4th Generation WiFi. And even quite recently I purchased an 802.11n card which said exactly that on the box.

Does that mean all of my airport express’s will need to be updated too enjoy those speeds =/

You would need a new router to make use of the 802.11ac specification as it uses a new radio.

Quick, cancel that errant iMac order which has been in processing since 4th December!
Macbook Air Retina with super fast Wifi? Yes please! :D
This 4G, 5G, 3G marketing terms are getting annoying now.

Whenever a company wants to hype it’s product, just slap on an increment of the previous number and add a ‘G’ at the end. Lo and behold, people will assume it’s awesome.

With the small capacity of flash storage in Mac laptops unless you have an insane budget, it’s good to know we’ll be able to rely on a (relatively) speedy wireless NAS.

I tried hooking a USB hard drive to my Airport Extreme but 802.11n is just too slow.

Also, I hope that the “5G Wi-Fi” term doesn’t catch on. There’s enough confusion about those marketing terms already.

Nice. More speed!

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