Are you ready for faster wireless speeds? How about better range? If so, then you’ll be happy to hear that new evidence shows that Apple is implementing 802.11ac support into its latest version of its desktop OS.

The OS X 10.8.4 beta release, that we told you about earlier, contains code not contained in previous versions of the OS. This code suggests that Apple is adding Gigabit wireless support, which is also known as 802.11ac, to future Mac hardware.


The evidence, first noted by 9to5Mac, shows the difference between code found in the latest OS X beta and the current public version of OS X — 10.8.3.

Of course, you won’t benefit from the faster speeds and wider range that Gigabit wireless brings to the table until you upgrade your network infrastructure (think wireless router) to one that is capable of talking to 802.11ac clients. It’s highly probably, then, that Apple will update its AirPort Extreme wireless router with support for the faster wireless standard.

Would you consider upgrading your hardware to reap the benefits of 802.11ac?

  • What’s crazy is the only thing that will give you the speeds AC is capable of is Google’s new Fiber network it is rolling out in Kansas City. So looks like Apple needs Google here.

    • Is 250 mbps not enough?

      • Yes, but this adds a great amount of speed to local network transfers. For example, I have an old Power Mac G5 running Leopard server in order to be a network Time Machine disk. It takes far more time over WiFi than Ethernet because the speed is much worse on WiFi.

    • Obsidian71

      Only applies to WAN traffic. Internal LAN networks could utilize the boost regardless of broadband speeds. It’s here that I suspect is the best selling point. The ability of AC to stream HD channels across the home network is more important than speeding up broadband connections IMO

  • JoblessGuy2

    I think that many haven’t realized the larger implication of this: A new Mac (at least one) will be here before WWDC and 10.9! Only reason for the code to be in Mountain Lion. Fingers crossed for a rMBP 13″ with Haswell GT3 and 16 GB RAM!

  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    Don’t like the fact that its 5Ghz (less penetration) or the fact that i have to change my router for 5MB/s over 802.11n. Also this:

    ” Standard finalization is in late 2012, with final 802.11 Working Group approval in early 2014. According to a study, devices with the 802.11ac specification are expected to be common by 2015 with an estimated one billion spread around the world.”

  • Useless to me, my connection speed is 4 Mbps… x”D

  • I will just for better range, my Airport Extreme is from early 2010. My cable speed is at 30Mbps.