Count Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) among the growing list of companies interested in supporting 802.11ac 1.3 Gbps Wi-Fi products in the short term. Apple Insider reported this weekend that the company "is expected to rapidly deploy" the technology this year in its AirPort base stations, Time Capsule, notebooks and even in Apple TV. The standard also may be implemented Apple mobile devices.
The news may not be too surprising, given that Apple chip supplier Broadcom has been among the chip companies most aggressively supporting the next-generation Wi-Fi technology-what Broadcom is calling "5G Wi-Fi." Several of Apple's products currently use 802.11n, but as 802.11ac becomes full standardized later this year, use of the new standard is expected to grow quickly.
IMS Research last week said that up to 3 million 802.11ac products could be shipped this year, with impressive growth over the next several years. One of the remaining uncertainties, however, is just how soon the technology could be used in smartphones. All eyes will be on Apple to see how quickly it makes that particular move.
- see this Apple Insider post
IMS Research expects big things from 802.11ac
Broadcom announced 802.11ac plans in last month