2013 Apple Mac and MacBook Pro line up to get superfast Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard

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macbook-pro-retina-2.jpgApple rolled out the most comprehensive update to their line of Mac and MacBook computers in recent memory in 2012, overhauling the MacBook Pro by adding a Retina display, putting the iMac on a diet and reworking the innards of the MacBook Air and regular MacBook Pro. So what next for the range in 2013?

Rather than a massive design overhaul (2012’s models will look the business for a good few years we’d say), The Next Web believes that the superfast Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard will take top billing.

By updating the the Broadcom wireless chipset found within Macs, it could supercharge Wi-Fi download speeds for those with fibre optic connections, and generally improve reliability of the signal thanks to its ability to handle 1.3Gbps throughput through its three antennas.

ASUS already put similar technology in their ROG G75VW gaming notebook last year, but if Apple were to roll it out across their Mac and MacBook range they’d be the first company to embrace the standard wholeheartedly.

The problem for the time being is that Broadcom are still working on producing the chipsets on a large scale. With the Spring/Summer Mac refresh now looming, they’ll have to get to work pretty quickly if they’re to deliver superfast Wi-Fi in time.

Gerald Lynch