By Alexandra Burlacu | Jul 02, 2013 12:31 PM EDT
Apple sent out invitations to users of its new MacBook Air laptops, inviting them to try out an upcoming Wi-Fi-centric software update aiming to fix Wi-Fi issues.
Not long after the revamped MacBook Airs launched, reports started to pile up as many users complained of Wi-Fi issues with their shiny new toys. The Cupertino tech giant is apparently working on a fix and select users of the new thin-and-light laptops can join the AppleSeed program to test the upcoming update.
According to Apple Insider, people who received the invitation by email said that Apple will provide select customers with a pre-release version of the "MacBook Air WiFi Update 1.0." Users must install and use the update on their new laptops and give feedback on any bugs or issues found during the testing process.
It's worth noting that the AppleSeed invite does not specifically mention the recent Wi-Fi connectivity woes that stemmed from Apple's implementation of the 802.11ac wireless standard. Considering that it's a Wi-Fi update, however, it likely aims to fix those issues.
The new 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air models are the very first Macs to boast the relatively new wireless protocol which can reach theoretical speeds of up to 1300Mbps when combined with the new AirPort Extreme or AirPort Time Capsule. While the protocol sounds good on paper, many new owners of the revamped MacBook Airs complained of Wi-Fi issues.
A new thread on Apple's Support Communities Web page confirms that Apple started sending out AppleSeed invitations, but not much information is currently available on the software. Users who already accepted the invitation and agreed to the company's terms and conditions said that Apple has yet to activate the invitation codes or roll out the software update.
As previously mentioned, Apple sent out these AppleSeed invitations only to some select users, which means the fix is not rolling out yet. It is a pre-release update that needs testing and, if everything goes right, Apple will likely roll out the update to all users soon and fix those Wi-Fi connectivity issues plaguing the new MacBook Air models. Did you get an invitation to try out the new software? If so, let us know how it goes.
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