Apple Confirms Plans for 5G Wi-Fi in Next-Gen Macs

Cupertino wants to speed up Internet access and home networks

Supporting a recent rumor saying Apple was planning to beef up the wireless capabilities of its Macs, a new job posting over at the company’s website reveals that Apple wants to hire a Wi-Fi expert who knows a thing or two about the 802.11ac standard.

802.11ac, or 5G Wi-Fi, offers faster throughput, higher capacity, and wider coverage. All this while also drawing less power from the computer’s battery (if it’s a portable one, of course).

Devices that use 802.11n can go up to 450Mbps with three antennas, but 802.11ac can achieve three times that speed – 1.3Gbps. The systems that could benefit from this new wireless standard include the MacBook Pro line and the iMac.

“System Test Engineering is looking for an experienced test engineer with excellent problem solving and communications skills,” reads Apple’s job posting.

“In this role, you will be testing, automating, leading, and working closely with the entire cross-functional team to ensure quality for Macintosh products.”

Apple needs recent college graduates and experienced QA engineers, “preferably with experience on consumer-facing hardware/software products for Wifi environments.”

The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of MacOS, iOS, and/or UNIX, technical knowledge of Wi-Fi and Ethernet network environments, and white-box testing experience.

This person will also need to have strong written and verbal communications skills (including solid presentation skills), and the ability to lead projects and groups.

The job basically consists of developing, designing and executing tests for compatibility of Apple hardware and software.

The new recruit will have to develop test plans and other test documentation, as well as test-lead projects.

Additional tasks are to “Identify, reproduce, and isolate bugs found via debugging and performance analysis tools,” and to “Work closely and clearly communicate with all cross-functional teams.”

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