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Apple To Use 5G And Advanced Wi-Fi Technology for Future iPhone and iPad

Before the next generation of iDevices hit the market, we all still have some time to bask in the rumour frenzy that surrounds Apple's new specifications that could be integrated in the future iPhone 5 and iPad 3.

One of the main topics of interest for industry observers and Apple fans alike relates to data speeds, where AppleInsider (opens in new tab) has just come up with some intriguing news on the matter.

Apparently, the Cupertino outfit is working on incorporating the new 802.11ac standard, which can deliver much faster wireless networking speeds than the current 802.11n.

The new Wi-Fi standard can use 2 to 4 times the frequency bandwidth (from 80 to 160MHz) and can support up to 8 antennas.

According to the AppleInsider information, some manufacturers already have finalised chipsets supporting 802.11ac for consumer grade applications. Broadcom, who are an important link in the Apple supply chain announced at the Las Vegas CES 2012 event - "chips based on the 5th generation of Wi-Fi (5G WiFi)."

A press release on this matter lets everybody know that Broadcom Corporation has "introduced its first family of 802.11ac (5G WiFi) chips designed for a broad range of product segments. The new IEEE 802.11ac chips are three times faster and up to six times more power efficient than equivalent 802.11n solutions".

Radu Tyrsina
Radu Tyrsina

Radu is the founder of, and has worked as a freelance writer for ITProPortal, as well as having been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.