What model Macbook Pro was the first to offer wireless AC?

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  1. theLemur macrumors regular

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    I'm getting Fiber installed, and I have a 2011 Macbook Air with just wireless N. I like the 2013 Macbook Pro Retina's, but it doesn't look like they have wireless AC.

    Can someone tell me when wireless AC was first offered on the Macbook Pro?

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    The iBook in 1999 was the first to offer wi-fi and the PowerBook G3 (FireWire) in 2000
     
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    theLemur thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm asking about Wireless AC, not the first apple computer with wi-fi.
     
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    Your historical apple knowledge is impressive though
     
  6. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    I think it was 2014.

    Scratch that, it's late 2013 onwards for MBPs.
     
  7. theLemur thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I kept reading that it was 2013, but the 2013's I saw didn't have it, so it must be late 2013 like you said
     
  8. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    I agree that that AC WiFi started with Late 2013 MBPs (both 13" & 15"). Late 2013 MBP's came out in October 2013.
     
  9. theLemur thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks! I appreciate the confirmation - I'm going to pick up one on ebay
     
  10. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Yep, there were two rMBPs released in 2013. The early-2013 was a minor update of the mid-2012 original rMBP. The late-2013 got AC wifi and a haswell processor along with slightly better graphics and fewer problems with the Retina display. It was a good year to buy. I bought my 13" just after release, and it's holding up well for being two years old.
     
  11. theLemur thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I bought a late 2013 macbook pro model A1398, and an airport extreme model A1521. They are connecting on wireless N, not AC, and I do not see any options to force them on to AC. Any thoughts?
     
  12. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    They both have AC wireless so it should be automatic. Can't find any fix for this....
     
  13. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    Are you sure it's a late 2013 (shown in about this mac)? I believe A1398 could signify anything from 2012-2014.

    If it's 100% a late 2013, does it have the original WiFi card? You can check what modes are supported by running this in terminal (it's also in System profiler, but this is quicker). The command will take 15 seconds or so.

    Code:
    system_profiler | grep "Supported PHY Modes"
    Are WiFi channels clear/not clashing?

    Are you within a reasonable range?

    Is the AirPort Extreme up to date?
     
  14. theLemur thread starter macrumors regular

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    I posted in the networking forum and they were quick to point out that I had to set the router to 5ghz. As soon as I did this the macbook indicated an AC connection. Thank you though for your help!
     
  15. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    Which version of AirPort utility are you using? By default the AEBS should broadcast on both 2.4 and 5GHz simultaneously.
     
  16. theLemur thread starter macrumors regular

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    6.3.6
     

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