Apple files a network adapter under iOS, a new AirPort?

Whenever a company is about to launch a product using radio frequencies (Bluetooth or Wi-Fi), it must be approved by US regulatory bodies such as the FCC. Precisely, Apple filed new documents this week around a new “network adapter” that works under iOS. The return of AirPort routers?

What if Apple brought out an AirPort

Under the code name “A2657”, the product is simply described as a “network adapter”. According to the information contained in the documents shared by the Federal Communications CommissionApple sent a test sample of this device to the agency on January 22, 2022. While there are no images of the adapter, the documents release details of its internal hardware.

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Apple’s mysterious network adapter has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC antennas, and a USB-C port. Even more surprisingly, the filing also shows that the accessory has 32 GB of internal storage and 1.5 GB of RAM. A second version of the same product has a Lightning port instead of USB-C and only 1 GB of RAM.

Regarding the operating system, the adapter runs firmware “19F47”, which is an early internal version of iOS 15.5. You certainly have in mind that all of this is reminiscent of Apple’s Studio Display which runs iOS with an A13 chip.

Latest information, the FCC has tested the new accessory connected to a MacBook Pro and an iMac, and Apple has requested a non-disclosure agreement valid until November 2022. This is generally the keynote date for new Macs. However, this “network adapter” never appeared in the “Rumors” section and its description could very well correspond to the future 27-inch miniLED screen or the next Apple TV 2022.

While some are waiting for the return of the discontinued AirPort line in 2018, be aware that the American manufacturer has many devices registered with the FCC which are intended for internal purposes, such as the tools used by technicians to repair iPhones and Macs.

Would you be interested in a modern network hub replacing AirPorts?

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