Wi-Fi Update For All 2012 Macs Released To Help With 5GHz Band Compatibility

19 December 2012, 11:25 am EST By Sumit Passary Mobile&Apps

Apple has released Mac Wi-Fi Update 1.0 which improves the compatibility of the system when using the 5GHz band Wi-Fi.

Users can download the update directly from Apple or via Software update.

"This update is recommended for all late 2012 Mac systems. This update improves compatibility when using the 5GHz band in Wi-Fi.

Boot ROM or SMC Version Information: To confirm the update has been applied, the CFBundleVersion string of the AirPortBrcm4311.kext will need to be checked.

New driver delivered in update: AirPortBrcm4331.kext CFBundleVersion = 612.20.15

/System/Library/Extensions/IO80211Family.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AirPortBrcm4331.kext/Contents/Info.plist," per Apple's Web site. 

The Macintosh, better known as Mac, is a line of personal computers designed and developed by Apple. The Mac line up of of personal computers includes laptops as well as desktops.

Apple recently released the latest iMac 21.5-inch and 27-inch which are expected to appeal to customers with its sleek and slim design.

Modern Wi-Fi typically supports 2.4 and 5GHz connections. The 5GHz band is mostly useful in cases where appliances might otherwise interfere with Wi-Fi, such as with a microwave. A device using the 5GHz in the 802.11n standards is capable of transferring far more data, but also tends to have a shorter range when used exclusively compared to 802.11b and g's 2.4GHz frequency.

The update will be handy to those who are looking for speedy Wi-Fi connection.

The update is available for free from Apple's Web site and download file is for 1.49MB only. The update is only available to computer systems running on OS X 10.8.2 (specifically build version 12C2034).

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