2013 Macbook Pro 802.11ac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Panini, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. Panini macrumors regular

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    Just curious. I'm thinking of getting a 13" MBA until the 2013 comes out if it means better wifi -> better airplay.

    That plus a better iGPU to be able to run 1920 scaled without fear is enough of a reason to wait for me, but I'm still on the verge.

    Question: Will the macbook pro likely be updated with 802.11ac wifi anytime soon?
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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  3. Panini thread starter macrumors regular

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    If I understand correctly, for a device to use 802.11ac all it needs is additional software?

    Does this mean that current macbooks may also get 802.11ac support or will that require a hardware upgrade?
     
  4. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    probably a hardware upgrade is required
     
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    In theory it could be possible that new software would enable the new wireless standard. In reality the likelihood that the chips included in Apple devices would have the capabilities to handle the high bandwidth wireless ac is not very good.

    TLDR 8ball: Don't bet on it.
     

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