Why Apple's Upcoming Macs Will Go to Waste

Next month, Apple  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) is expected to unveil upgraded Macs, most likely in the form of MacBooks. The company will likely bump internal specs with no major external changes. Among these improvements may be the inclusion of Broadcom's (UNKNOWN: BRCM.DL  ) newest Wi-Fi combo chips. Thanks to these chips, the new models may support the newest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, that offers theoretical maximum speeds of 1,000 megabits per second, or Mbps.

That speed capability will go to waste, as the average American's Internet speed is approximately 6 Mbps, according to Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) estimates. The search giant's Fiber service is a gigabit service that could reach those theoretical maximums. Google is catalyzing the industry with its disruptive threat, and eventually users may be able to tap into gigabit Wi-Fi.

In the video below, Fool contributor Evan Niu, CFA, explains why the move may not do users any good for now.

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  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 4:28 AM, xilog wrote:

    Both corporate and academic networks have bandwidth much greater than domestic broadband connections, and the Apple Mac demographic is probably skewed toward the higher end of domestic broadband bandwidths, so I suspect that Gigabit Wifi will be better appreciated than you suggest.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 8:44 AM, jdmeck wrote:

    Change the headline. Makes you sound like an idiot.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 12:58 PM, Hoptopia wrote:

    I hope you don't think of yourself as a technologist because you're not at least from this story. The bottleneck is always going to be the broadband connection. Better wireless at the client can be a big deal on home networks that can appreciate Gigabit network capability.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 1:23 PM, Zaheer22 wrote:

    Holy crap, i had to register just to debunk this "foolish story" ( Literal) .

    1. The poster inaccurately compares Mb to MB. There is a factor of 8 1MB = 8Mb. Good Lord.

    2. To suggest , we should stop all progress because the internet is not fast enough for these chips is ludicrous. This will push the next gen of internet to be faster. and as speeds improve it will be of more use.

    3. 1Gb, is a fallacy, throughput will be at best half of that. and you can get 250Mb connections today.

    4. And this is my real point, have you ever heard of a LAN? business networks, Home networks, School networks. This will open new possibilities to do things wirelessly in organizations whereas before they would not be reliable over wireless. It will have a huge impact on giant local networks, and will enable sharing of ideas and content on a new scale. no longer will people have to hunt for a wire because (the WIFI is slow).

    and as some mentioned, the WAN ( Internet) link, will always be the slowest link in the chain. This post is almost to suggest, because internet speeds are not at wire speeds , its a waste. well maybe we shouldn't have invesnted 1Gb ethernet? or 10Gb ethernet?

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 1:31 PM, twolf2919 wrote:

    What a dumb article - and dumber title. The author appears entirely ignorant of the benefits of a faster Wifi signal to a LAN - i.e. among the computers on local area network. Apparently he's never heard of file servers, things like AirPlay, etc.

    Sad that this got published.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 1:55 PM, haichen wrote:

    What has turned into lately? Link bait? Let's all stop innovating. Ford should not have mass produced Model Ts because American roads were not capable to accommodating so many cars.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 2:01 PM, speechisntfree wrote:

    the author Evan Niu is the typical blogger shill paid by Samsung.....

    in addition to being an Apple basher..... any of his past articles regarding technology easily illustrates both his lack of knowledge and typical internet cut and paste mentality.....

    how difficult it must be to earn a living at a penny a click while..... at the same time..... you're on your knees to Samsung.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 2:10 PM, H3D wrote:

    "That speed capability will go to waste, as the average American's Internet speed is approximately 6 Mbps, "

    Duh. !!

    This speed increase is about the local network. Communications with local servers. With local networked backup devices. With local networked printers. With your networked smart TV.

    If you can't get your brain round that, try this.

    Is the speed of your Porsche wasted because of the 3 mph speed limit on the footpath through your local park.

    No, it's limited by the stabiliser wheels you fitted so that you could drive it without falling off.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 2:43 PM, jdomg wrote:

    This is a terrible "article" that is so horribly ignorant. However, I can't tell if it was intentional.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 2:53 PM, davelg526 wrote:

    It is not wise to make such a broad statement based on WiFi alone.

    Someone needs to break the chicken and egg cycle as to when the US will get WiFi for the 21st Century.

    Apple is building in the capability; the providers need to get provide the pipes.

    New Apple and PC products based in Intel's Haswell architecture will offer significant performance enhancements with respect to Graphics speed and battery life.

    Haswell will also a needed speed boost to make Apple retina displays more fluid.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 4:15 PM, SRNoyes wrote:

    My LAN would love this for computer to computer transfer. While the Google fans the end all be all is the Internet and a web browser, many computers are used for more than Internet access.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 4:45 PM, cy7878 wrote:

    Remember when Apple first made a hard drive for Apple II for the home and people thought that was a waste? Remember the modem it made for the Apple II and Macs and no one thought it would be useful? What about having a mouse for a pointing device when PC was all about keyboard commands? 3 inch FDD in the mac was revolutionary at the time. What about CD Roms when critics thought CD was too expensive to catch on? First to have A/V capability even though no one really needed it? The point isn't about putting hardware in computers people use RIGHT NOW but push the envelope a little more so rest of the world can catch up. That's what Apple has been doing since it started in the 70's with their stuff. You don't pay top dollar for today's technology but what is possible tomorrow and nobody has. If the writer can't see that point then stop writing about technology.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 6:00 PM, BillGatess wrote:

    It is Apple.

    Need i say more how bad they Really are?

    Or even how bad their stuff Really is?

    Nuf Said.

  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 6:35 PM, Storkly wrote:

    In the modern world, where the internet is fast (Japan, Korea, etc.), 100meg internet is common. The US centric view of this post is ignorant (at best). Also, as everybody else has stated, wireless LANs of ALL sorts will benefit greatly from AC.

  • Report this Comment On May 25, 2013, at 12:17 AM, kevins71 wrote:

    Remember when Apple introduced the original iMac and it only had USB ports, and guys like this made joked about it.

    Remember when Apple ditched the floppy drive and guys like this joked about it.

    Remember when Apple ditched the optical drive and guys like this joked about it.

    Remember when Apple released the iPhone and guys like this and MS joked about it.

    You get the point, this guy is a complete moron, blogging, "not writing" articles for the mere point of getting clicks. Who in their right mind would discredit a tech company for looking into the future? Apple consistently does this and Windows PC's usually take 2 to 3 years to catch up. Like they did with USB ports and the floppy drive, their still stuck on optical drives for some reason, why is beyond me. Windows people are sometimes to scared to embrace new tech and this guy is obviously one of their drone users.

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