Feeds

Apple to charge for 802.11n Mac enabling software?

Want faster Wi-Fi? Then cough up

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Apple is to allow owners of Macs equipped with 802.11n Wi-Fi adaptors to take advantage of the next-generation wireless technology, but it's going to charge punters for the privilege, it has been claimed.

According to unnamed sources cited by troubleshooting website MacFixIt, Apple plans to charge a penny less than $5 for software that will switch on 802.11n in a range of recent Mac releases.

apple's appletv itunes-to-tv box

Apple launched the first 802.11n-equipped Mac last autumn. Apple brands its Wi-Fi products AirPort Extreme, and buyers of last September's updated iMacs spotted 802.11n-capable adaptors within their new machines. Since then, updated MacBooks, MacBook Pros and AirPort Extreme add-in cards have been found to support 802.11n.

Of course, it's a pre-standard version of the wireless technology, which has yet to be finalised and ratified. That's not expected to take place until the end of the year, but the specification is considered close enough to the final version for a range of companies to say they'll ship 802.11n equipment this spring. Intel, for example, will incorporate the technology into the next version of its Centrino platform, 'Santa Rosa, due Q2.

Last week at Macworld Expo, Apple announced its AppleTV iTunes-to-TV box and a new AirPort Extreme base-station. Both will feature 802.11n, it said.

apple's airport express wi-fi adaptor

Right now, current Macs are limited to 802.11g. Presumably the patch will come in the coming months to allow Mac owners to take full advantage of the AppleTV. It will likely have to update the products' firmware again later in the year to incorporate any changes made to the final 802.11n spec. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids
Mile-High 'Denver' Tegra K1 successor said to rival PC performance
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.