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« on: May 22, 2013, 07:00:37 am »

Photos of Likely 802.11ac 'Gigabit Wi-Fi' Card From Next-Generation iMac Surface

Tonymacx86 points (via 9to5Mac) to recently discovered photos of a Broadcom BCM94360CD Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card that supports the 802.11ac "Gigabit Wi-Fi" standard rumored to be coming to Apple's Mac lineup later this year. While the photos were posted to Chinese site VR-Zone in early March, they are only just now being noticed by those following Apple rumors.     While the reports suggest that the new card is intended for the next-generation MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models rumored for launch at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), a commenter on the Tonymacx86 discussion thread points out that the card is actually nearly identical in size, shape, and layout to the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card found in the current iMac.     The BCM94360CD card, which is very likely a custom design for Apple, contains Broadcom's BCM4360 802.11ac transceiver chip, offering support for the in-process Wi-Fi standard that allows for triple the speeds of the current 802.11n standard. An apparent date code of "1240" on the part suggests that it was manufactured in early October 2012, several months before Apple was reported to have struck a deal with Broadcom to bring 802.11ac support to its 2013 Macs.   Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card from Late 2012 iMac (Source: iFixit)   Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Vudu Player for iOS Gets Updated With Ability to Download Movies  • Apple to Open New Adelaide Retail Store in Australia on May 25  • Burj Al Arab in Dubai Introduces Gold-Plated iPads for Guest Use • Tumblr Acquired by Yahoo, iOS App Gets Redesigned User Interface • Turkish Prime Minister Visits Apple Ahead of Major Tablet Purchase • Gameloft's 'N.O.V.A. 3' and 'Gangstar Rio: City of Saints' Are Free for the Weekend • 'Haunting Melissa' App Brings Episodic Movie Exclusively to iPhone and iPad  • FTC Begins Sending COPPA Letters to App Developers Ahead of July Rule Change
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