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It's no secret that 802.11n is no longer the fastest Wi-Fi on the block, but the question is: When will Apple support it? Judging from code found inside the latest OS X developer beta, it could be coming soon.
9to5Mac is reporting that the latest OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 developer beta appears to include specific code which references 802.11ac, the next-generation "Gigabit" wireless which offers a huge speed boost over the existing 802.11n.
Comparing code from OS X 10.8.3 against the 10.8.4 beta, it's easy to see that the developer-only code does indeed include a reference to 802.11ac, which Apple has been rumored to include in future Macs.
In addition to faster Wi-Fi speeds, the proposed fifth-generation 802.11ac standard also offers an extended range for wireless devices that support it, all with what chip maker Broadcom calls "significant power consumption advantages."
That still doesn't answer the question as to when Apple will support 802.11ac, but with no new Macs released as yet this year, it's a good bet they're coming in the near future.
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