Photos of Likely 802.11ac 'Gigabit Wi-Fi' Card From Next-Generation iMac Surface

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 21, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Tonymacx86 points (via 9to5Mac) to recently discovered photos of a Broadcom BCM94360CD Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card that supports the 802.11ac "Gigabit Wi-Fi" standard rumored to be coming to Apple's Mac lineup later this year. While the photos were posted to Chinese site VR-Zone in early March, they are only just now being noticed by those following Apple rumors.

    While the reports suggest that the new card is intended for the next-generation MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models rumored for launch at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), a commenter on the Tonymacx86 discussion thread points out that the card is actually nearly identical in size, shape, and layout to the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card found in the current iMac.

    The BCM94360CD card, which is very likely a custom design for Apple, contains Broadcom's BCM4360 802.11ac transceiver chip, offering support for the in-process Wi-Fi standard that allows for triple the speeds of the current 802.11n standard. An apparent date code of "1240" on the part suggests that it was manufactured in early October 2012, several months before Apple was reported to have struck a deal with Broadcom to bring 802.11ac support to its 2013 Macs.

    Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card from Late 2012 iMac (Source: iFixit)

    Article Link: Photos of Likely 802.11ac 'Gigabit Wi-Fi' Card From Next-Generation iMac Surface
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2008
    Will speeds ever become so fast that we would actually be able to see things before they happen?
  3. macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    Stop the presses, a leaked part is for a Mac and not an iOS device? :eek:
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Just when I thought I had no reason to open up my new 27"...
  5. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    Well this will be nice. Just need an updated Airport and notebook lines.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
    Useless to most. You'll never see real world usage above 802.11n, and hard drives need to move to solid state before this is really taken advantage of.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    I guess that means new Time Capsules too. In a 4TB size?
  8. macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2012
  9. macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    It would be good if they managed to get 802.11ac into every new device this year.

    Keep it consistant and what not.
  10. macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2013
    iMac Surface??

    The capitalization of the word "Surface" in the headline is confusing. It makes it look like "iMac Surface" is a product name.
  11. macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2008
    I really hope the new MacBook Pros have 802.11ac. This would mean Airport refreshes soon! Still on 802.11g here...
  12. macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    Will we be able to open our current gen iMacs and switch out the cards?
  13. Guest

  14. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Good! I need a new router and have been waiting for an Airport refresh.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2008
    The CApiTALizatioN iS corRECT.

    It is just a poorly worded headline.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2007
    Suffolk, UK
    So the new chip will increase speed but will it improve the wifi coverage and strength.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    So they made the card for Apple before they said they would make it for Apple?
  18. macrumors 603


    No b, not a problem in most places but there are still b wireless access points.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Huh. Didn't think 802.11ac was getting standardized until the end of this year or the beginning of next year. Interesting, interesting indeed.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    I'm also guessing that it will be very nice to airdrop movies from computer to computer with this card.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
    Could we please stop it with the 802.11 AC hype because quite frankly you'd swear that people here actually think they'll reach said speeds in normal conditions. Check out the following article on 802.11 AC:

    I'd sooner an adoption of a lower frequency that provides better coverage than having the sort of showing off of technology that rarely meets the hype on which the marketing department seems to be hell bent on pushing.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Wow, people really like to hate on Gigabit Wifi news around here. I'm really excited for the new standard as it will make wireless backups so much easier for large files.

    It doesn't take much to saturate an N network when doing a file transfer. Even with a 5400 rpm drive.
  23. macrumors 68000

    Apr 22, 2008
    I have one of these networks. I sent a picture of my missus and her friend laughing about being crapped on by a bird.

    When I opened the picture on the computer I sent it to I got this:

  24. macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    Google Thiotimoline.
  25. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    This isn't useless at all: granted 802.11ac provides speeds greatly in excess of most people's or computer's requirements/needs but that's not the only thing it has going for it. It brings with it beaming, so your router can locate your laptop in space and pick a frequency which provides you with the least interference from outside sources and the most coherent signal. Forget speed - 802.11ac is all about the range. When your list of WiFi signals extends most of the length of your screen and your walls are thick beaming is unbelievably useful at providing a reliable signal.

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