Apple Updates the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsules with 802.11ac Support

Posted by at 12:10 pm on June 10, 2013

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Apple has revealed updated versions of its AirPort base stations at WWDC, made to accommodate the improved Wi-Fi in the revised Macbook Air, confirming earlier rumors. The new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsules can now connect wirelessly over three-stream 802.11ac, which will provide up to 40-percent faster file transfers compared to previous versions the networking performance of 802.11n connections.

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The new AirPort base stations measures 4-inches wide and 6.5-inches tall. The antenna array allows for Beamforming, namely improving performance to a specific device, on top of the performance increase and dual-band connections. The new AirPort Time Capsules add in options for a 2-terabyte or 3-terabyte drive, on top of the improved networking.

Apple has not yet revealed pricing or availability information for any of the new AirPort base stations.

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