Apple is at the forefront of an industry, that of wireless compatible with the IEEE 802.11g standard, which is about to take off.
That Cupertino has made the right choice by embracing the "g" evolution of WiFi while other great hi-tech protagonists (such as Intel) point to the "a" version, as demonstrated by some articles drawn up on the sidelines of the CES, the electronics fair of consumption that was held in Las Vegas last week.
PC Magazine defines the IEEE 803.11g standard, the same as Airport Extreme, the "surprise" of CES, for the number of companies that have announced or are about to announce products compatible with it.
The merit would be the speed with which Broadcom (which would be the supplier of Apple) and Intersil, two of the major manufacturers of chips for devices that work with this standard, have put compatible products on the market. Access points and cards from Buffalo, Linksys and Belkin have been seen at CES, but others (produced for example by D-Link, Actiontech and Netgear) are about to arrive.
To further push the market will be the debut in the field of IEEE 802.11g chips from Agere and Texas Instruments, a debut that could take place already in the next few weeks. The presence of other suppliers will lead to lower prices and further diffusion of the standard.
Observers believe that the "g" version will initially catch on with home users while the professional market will wait for official specifications to be set. Few seem to doubt that IEEE 803.11g will be the heir to the huge popularity of WiFi.