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The latest MacBook Pro has 802.11ac Wi-Fi that's a bit slower than Intel models, but you'll probably never notice

The latest MacBook Pro has 802.11ac Wi-Fi that’s a bit slower than Intel models, but you’ll probably never notice

As Apple updates its support pages to provide more information about the new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, we’re in a position to better understand what these new PCs are and what’s not.

As noted by graphic designer Anton Bolzumi, the new MacBook Pro has 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) specifications that are slower than the 2017-2019 Intel-based models.

As you can see on this support page HereThe 2021 MacBook Pro 16-inch and 14-inch, as well as the 2020 M1 MacBook Pro, share the same 802.11 ax @ 5 GHz standards with a maximum PHY data rate of 1200 Mbps.

The 2017-2019 MacBook Pro models, all based on Intel, feature 802.11 ac @ 5 GHz, providing a maximum PHY data rate of 1300 Mbps.

The big difference here is the maximum spatial streams, with the new MacBook Pro having only 2/MIMO while the older one has three.

There is a lot you can speculate about this, including the fact that M1 chips may not be designed for more than two spatial streams due to the lack of iOS device Supports more than 2. Not only that, but having less spatial current also helps save battery. Additionally, the 802.11ax/Wi-Fi 6 standard is only available on Apple Silicon models, so it’s not an Apple-to-Apple comparison.

Left: Mac 2021 specs / Right: Mac Intel 2017-2019 specs

However, you don’t have to worry about these Wi-Fi ‘limitations’. Bolzumi said he was able to run some tests and only noticed a slight difference in speed between newer and newer Macs. From 2017-2019 based on Intel.

Wi-Fi speeds are very subjective because they depend heavily on your current Wi-Fi and RF environment with factors such as the types of access points used, the number of devices on the network, how close you are to the access point, and the RF environment.

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The 2021 MacBook Pro might perform a little slower on Wi-Fi when connected to Wi-Fi 5 than it did before, but in daily use you probably never noticed that. In fact, if your workflow needs the absolute best performance, you probably should help A USB-C to Ethernet adapter or a 10Gb Ethernet adapter is not your Wi-Fi connection anyway.

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