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This article was published on January 7, 2013

    Apple begins recruiting for wireless 802.11ac Systems Test Engineer, hinting at possible Mac refresh

    Apple begins recruiting for wireless 802.11ac Systems Test Engineer, hinting at possible Mac refresh Image by: Justin Sullivan
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    Apple is on the lookout for Systems Test Engineers with experience in 802.11ac networking in a move that will bring faster wireless to its new products later this year.

    Applebitch notes that there is a job listing for this position that has experience in 802.11ac network environments. The position also requires in-depth knowledge of the MacOS, iOS, and/or UNIX.

    Apple job posting

    As we reported last week, sources have told us that Apple struck a deal with chip maker Broadcom to outfit its new Macs with 802.11ac chips.

    Often referred to as 5G WiFi, these new chips would give laptops and other devices faster throughput, higher capaicty, wider coverage, and improved power efficiency. To put it another way:

    Products offering 802.11n connectivity (found in most consumer electronics) provide connections up to 450Mbps with three antennas, while 802.11ac equivalents start at 450Mbps for one antennae and are capable of almost tripling its predecessor with 1.3Gbps throughput via three antennas.

    Broadcom is only one of a small number of chip manufacturers that currently offer the 802.11ac chipsets, which are designed for smartphones, tablets and router markets.

    Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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