Will the new MacBook Pro be upgradable to 802.11ac?
I'm drooling over the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro, but I don't want to have buyer's remorse in a few months when 802.11ac comes out. I know that in some older Apple laptops, the wi-fi card was upgradable. Does anyone know if that will be possible with this model?
Before the 802.11n draft was ratified, Apple had quietly been introducing the "draft n" hardware for a few years, enabling the functionality later through a driver update (source). Let's hope they have had the foresight to do the same this time around. Hopefully the teardown will reveal wi-fi hardware choices.
Judging by the pic of the new MBP internals on Apple's site, it does look like the wireless components are on a removable daughter-board, so there may well be the possibility of an upgrade (3rd party or otherwise) in future.