Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/19/no_more_crapbook_air_apple_fixes_wireless_issue/

No more Crapbook Air: Apple issues update for spotty Wi-Fi

iHope my files download a bit quicker now

By Jasper Hamill

Posted in Laptops, 19th July 2013 14:37 GMT

Apple has quietly released an update to fix the problems which have affected wireless connections on the latest Macbook Air range.

Users had been reporting "crippling" problems with their wireless connection. Theoretically, the inclusion of the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard in the new range of Macbook Airs should have tripled the speeds available to fanbois when compared to the older 802.11n protocol used in the older ranges.

But the integrated adapter on the new Macbook Air range ended up performing much more slowly when it came to actually moving files over a wireless connection.

Apple MacBook Air update

Apple store workers have been told to "capture" any laptops which have the problem.

The new update should make people feel a lot better about the wireless connection on their Macbook Air.

Announcing the update, the fruity firm wrote: "This update fixes an issue that in rare instances may cause an intermittent loss in wireless connectivity, an issue with Adobe Photoshop which may cause occasional screen flickering, and an issue which may cause audio volume to fluctuate during video playback."

This flickering issue occurs for some Photoshoppers when using large brush tools.

The problem was not thought to be an inherent flaw in the Macbook Air's hardware, but rather a GPU or driver issue, meaning the latest update should fix it. ®