New AirPort Extreme Base Station, Time Capsule supports Gigabit Wi-Fi

New AirPort Extreme Base Station, Time Capsule supports Gigabit Wi-Fi

Apple's revised its AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule to support 802.11ac, the latest and greatest Wi-Fi protocol to see adoption. Called "Gigabit Wi-Fi," 802.11ac offers performance greater than 1 gigabit per second. The AirPort Express was notably missing from any mention of update.

The AirPort Extreme has gotten a complete makeover - it's smaller than before, and features three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The Time Capsule will be available in 2TB and 3TB configurations. Users of the new versions of the devices will see improvements in video streaming and other bandwidth-intensive activities. Time Capsule backups will be faster, of course. The new devices incorporate a "beamforming antenna array."

Other networking hardware vendors have already beaten Apple to the punch with 802.11ac-equipped devices, but the changes are welcome and timed well with new MacBook Air systems that also support 802.11ac.

Peter Cohen

Managing Editor of iMore, Mac and gaming specialist and all-around technologist. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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