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Will the new MacBook Pro be upgradable to 802.11ac?

I'm drooling over the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro, but I don't want to have buyer's remorse in a few months when 802.11ac comes out. I know that in some older Apple laptops, the wi-fi card was upgradable. Does anyone know if that will be possible with this model?

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The new 802.11ac AirPort board while it fits and in fact works there is a bit of a problem: The antenna's.

The AC spec requires two identical antenna's, your system does not meet the AC requirements. The bottom line here is you can't get the data rate you are hopping for with the exchange out. Why is 802.11ac not in the MacBook Pro Retina. While this is on a MBPr the Air is really no different.

The other issue here is the availability of the board. Remember this is a Apple custom part! Apple's own need for building new systems will make getting this part almost impossible. Apple requires part exchange outs for this part (they want the bad 802.11ac part part back) Basically, Apple is controlling the availability of the part even as a spare.

With the upcoming models likely to have 802.11ac support we're looking at mid year next year when the pressure will subside.

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Before the 802.11n draft was ratified, Apple had quietly been introducing the "draft n" hardware for a few years, enabling the functionality later through a driver update (source). Let's hope they have had the foresight to do the same this time around. Hopefully the teardown will reveal wi-fi hardware choices.

Judging by the pic of the new MBP internals on Apple's site, it does look like the wireless components are on a removable daughter-board, so there may well be the possibility of an upgrade (3rd party or otherwise) in future.

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The 2011 and 2012 MacBook Air's can take the 2013 MacBook Air's 802.11ac card, it fits albeit a bit long but works great apparently. Again I'm foaming at the mouth over 802.11ac in my Early 2013 rMBP! If the late 2013 rMBP supports 802.11ac or even the 2014 rMBP I imagine it will be possible. For some reason I REALLY want 802.11ac in my rMBP, probably since I should have it in this thing already >:\

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Good evening, now that the teardown is over, I was wondering if you have any more information about a possible upgrade with a 802.11ac chip ?

Thank you.

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Yes, please do let us know. It's the million dollar question people with last year's models want to know. It's all over the web and it seems that the I fixit team hold the keys to the answer. I want the upgrade kit for my 2012 rMBP 15" as soon as you have confirmed it works and can get the part from Broadcom.

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