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

By Sumit Passary | Dec 19, 2012 11:25 AM EST

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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.

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"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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