Apple To Hire Wireless 802.11ac System Test Engineers

Apple is reinforcing earlier rumours talking about the company bringing 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi to the next-generation Mac lineup through a job advertisement — spotted by AppleBitch — for a “System Test Engineer Wi-Fi (802.11)” required to have experience with the new Wi-Fi standard.

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“System Test Engineer – Wi-Fi (802.11)
Job Summary
System Test Engineering is looking for an experienced test engineer with excellent problem solving and communications skills. In this role, you will be testing, automating, leading, and working closely with the entire cross-functional team to ensure quality for Macintosh products.

– Technical knowledge of WiFi (802.11a,b,g, ac) and Ethernet network environments”

The new Wi-Fi standard — termed Gigabit Wi-Fi — has yet to be optimized, but it is expected to triple the speeds recorded by the current standard, which currently allows connections up to 450 Mbps with three antennas. With Gigabit Wi-Fi, users will enjoy speeds of up to 1.3 Gbps when used with three antennas.

The rumours of Apple adopting the new Wi-Fi standard have been circulating in the blogosphere since early 2012, but seems like 2013 will be the year of the Macs featuring the Gigabit Wi-Fi technology.

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