MacNN | Report: Apple inviting some new MBA buyers to test Wi-Fi patch
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
Report: Apple inviting some new MBA buyers to test Wi-Fi patch
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 4:00am

After test results from a number of new MacBook Air units that feature built-in 802.11ac support showed that speeds did not improve over 802.11n, Apple has allegedly invited some buyers to help test a Wi-Fi specific update for the machine that should eliminate what some have suggested was a hard-wired data cap on speed. While the problem does not affect all units, even a MacNN researcher experienced the issue. Apple has been swapping out new Airs at its retail stores in order to study the units that have the problem.



The issue affects the 11- and 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air, the first model to support the new 802.11ac standard, which is backward-compatible with older protocols. In theory, and in conjunction with an 802.11ac compatible router such as the latest Airport Extreme or Time Capsule, users should be able to reach network speeds as high as 1,300 megabits per second. Instead, testers have reported that while range is greatly improved, speeds are about half where they should be -- leading to speculation that Apple has inadvertently hard-wired an 802.11n limit into the OS or firmware. Users who have received the invitation emails say they have not yet received the software, just the invitation, which also spells out some terms and conditions in order to qualify for the testing. Developers testing OS X 10.9 Mavericks and the next update for Mountain Lion, 10.8.5, say that they haven't encountered the issue, suggesting that both feature a new wireless stack that takes advantage of the 802.11ac standard more fully. Apple faced a similar issue -- and solved it in a similar manner -- when the first Retina display MacBook Pros appeared, reports AppleInsider. Some units initially had issues with 802.11n networks in the 5GHz band.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Most Recent Stories:

  • Samsung launches tactical ITC complaint against Nvidia's GPU line - 12:05 PM EST
  • Target claims no responsibility for 'Black Friday' data theft in court - 11:04 AM EST
  • Google's Android 5.0 Full Disk Encryption hindering NAND speed - 10:13 AM EST
  • FCC Chairman sees Net Neutrality lawsuits by 'big dog' ISPs coming - 9:40 AM EST
  • Hands On: Carrot Talking Task List (iOS) - 10:33 PM EST
  • Square, Sephora, Tickets.com, Disney app add support for Apple Pay - 9:21 PM EST
  • Briefly: Spotcam launches, Satechi's 10-port USB 3.0 hub - 8:09 PM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • Samsung launches tactical ITC complaint against Nvidia's GPU line - 12:05 PM EST
  • Google's Android 5.0 Full Disk Encryption hindering NAND speed - 10:13 AM EST
  • Briefly: Google Drive Chromebook offer, AT&T Nexus 6 issue - 2:42 PM EST
  • British regulator urges Russian authorities to shut down webcam site - 1:54 PM EST
  • Amazon reportedly preparing advertising-supported Prime Instant Video - 11:33 AM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.