1. Michael Essany's Avatar

    Apple is looking for a few good men and women. And it's precisely the latest employee search underway in Cupertino that may provide some insight into what Apple is tinkering with for 2013 and beyond.

    It is being called a clear indication of Apple's intention to deliver 802.11ac 5G Gigabit Wi-fi to the Mac. This week Apple announced an employment opportunity in the form of a System Test Engineer in 802.11. Following a full calendar year of rumors that Apple would bring 802.11ac to the Mac during 2012, expectations are heightened for this reality to play out in 2013.

    Posted Sunday, the job description touches on what the ideal employ would do in the aforementioned role:
    • Develop, design and execute tests for compatibility of Apple hardware and software projects.
    • Develop test plans and other test documentation as required Test lead a core area or project.
    • Identify, reproduce, and isolate bugs found via debugging and performance analysis tools.
    • Work closely and clearly communicate with all cross-functional teams

    So, is this a sound, credible shred of evidence about Apple's big Mac plans for 2013, or is something else in the works at Apple? Chances are we still won't know for a while. But the possibilities have never before been this intriguing.

    Source: Apple (via Applebitch)
    2013-01-07 10:30 PM
  2. garfielgato2's Avatar
    When is Airport 802.11ac coming up, this summer?
    2013-01-08 12:00 AM
  3. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
    If history is an indicator, apple will first support base level and pre-level ac through a series of firmware updates, likely late 2012 models and later will receive it. Others will receive full ac capabilities once the standards are officially written, settled and released, some 2-4 years from now. At the point they are officially released, apple will release a router capable of outputting the industry standard signals, but not before.

    To answer your question, it will probably not be out for at least another two years.
    2013-01-08 07:43 AM
  4. spazturtle's Avatar
    Wifi AC need more antennas so existing hardware won't work, this isn't like G to N, wifi AC is different. For Wifi AC works along side Wifi N, you need to have a N connection for AC to work.
    2013-01-08 11:47 AM