The first evidence that Apple is preparing to bring 802.11ac 5G Gigabit Wi-fi to the Mac has appeared, in the form of their latest job advertisement for a System Test Engineer in 802.11 Wi-Fi who is required to have technical knowledge of the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The new standard of Wi-Fi, termed ‘Gigabit WiFi’ is still being optimized but the new standard will allow speeds of around 450-500Mbit/s between two connected devices.
While there are currently only limited numbers of both routers and computers that are compatible with the new wireless protocol, Apple will likely also be looking to upgrade their Airport base stations to offer the new 802.11ac standard. Just a few days ago, TNW said that sources familiar with Apple’s plans had indicated that Apple has signed a deal with Broadcom to offer 802.11ac compatibility in Macs with chipsets that support the new standard. The new job advertisement described above certainly seems to support this statement.
Rumors last year had suggested that Apple would be bringing 802.11ac to the Mac at some point in 2012 but these turned out to be false. It looks like 2013 may be the year for it instead.