Is Apple Planning a Major Speed Overhaul?

A tipster noticed some code in an Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) beta release that could hint at the hardware consumers can expect from Apple products in the near future.

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The code in question is in Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 beta seeds that it distributed to developers. What the code shows is reference to an updated WiFi standard, 802.11ac Gigabit wireless, that could make Macs a lot faster when it comes to wireless communication.

The current OS X version doesn’t show code referencing the faster wireless standard, but it now seems like that the next Macs to launch could feature it. The possibility of Apple moving its devices ahead to this new standard relates neatly with the hints that Apple was working with Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) to produce 802.11ac chips for Macs.

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Commenting on the new standard and its own chip technology, Broadcom said that data would flow at a much faster rate, allowing for more simultaneous use for high end tasks like streaming HD video, and it should also lower power consumption by allowing devices to “enter low-power mode faster,” since they would finish transferring data earlier.

Now it seems likely that the standard will start to show up in Apple devices in the future, replacing the current WiFi standard and chipsets. Once it permeates Apple’s ecosystem, it could prove a big selling point for multiple products, as they would all communicate even faster over WiFi networks.

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