New iMac includes 802.11n wireless card?
September 24, 2006
According to user Peace on MacRumors forums, installing the latest Vista build on one of the new Core 2 Duo iMacs (which I happen to have purchased yesterday) reveals that the built-in wireless adapter is a Broadcom 802.11n. “N” is the new 100Mbps wireless standard that, last I checked, wasn’t quite finalized yet. Apple must have been quite confident in the emerging technology to have put it in the iMac, if this is true.
As of yet, this is unconfirmed, but you can check out the screenshot of Vista’s device manager for yourself.
UPDATE: We’ve now got a more believeable shot of the iMac running Vista with the 802.11n device identified onscreen. Also, theories are now bouncing around that this was included in the latest iMacs so that they can quickly stream wireless video to the upcoming iTV product.
UPDATE 2: Mac Rumors has made a real news post about this with better information.