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Apple devices that support 802.11ac

Published on September 3, 2013 by

AirPortWith 802.11ac Wi-Fi you can get up to 3 times faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal. The technology is still relativity new and all of Apple’s products do not currently support it.

First, you need a wireless router or network device that is capable of delivering 802.11ac. There are many third-party routers that support 802.11ac and Apple recently updated the AirPort Extreme Base Station and Airport Time Capsule to support 802.11ac. Currently, the AirPort Express does not support 802.11ac, but Apple is expected to update the device in the coming weeks. If you have purchased an Airport product prior to June of 2013 it will not support 802.11ac.

Which Apple devices support 802.11ac?

Right now the list is short. Only MacBook Airs purchased after June of 2013 and iMacs purchased after September of 2013 are capable of receiving 802.11ac. However, this is expected to change soon. Apple is planning on refreshing many of their products in the next couple of months.

Currently, no iphone or iPod touch supports 802.11ac and that includes the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C. This is likely due to a limited number of mobile chips available that Apple could use to add the faster Wi-Fi to iPhones and the iPod touch.

The iPad 5 and second generation iPad mini have not been released yet, but we do not expect they will support 802.11ac. However, we do expect Apple TV, the Mac mini and MacBook Pros to be updated to add 802.11ac support by the end of the year.

Everyone wants to use the fastest and best wireless connection possible and right now that is 802.11ac. Apple has started the process of adding the ultrafast Wi-Fi to their line up and more devices will offer the technology soon.

We will updated the post as new products add support for 802.11ac.

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