Apple pensava alle reti Wi-Fi già nel 1991?



Sfogliando un vecchio numero di MC-Microcomputer, il 106 dell'Aprile del 1991, l'occhio mi cade su questo articolo (pag. 74):



Su google non escono molti risultati andando a cercare "DATA-PCS", ma riesco comunque a trovare l'originale della petizione su un server del MIT e un altro breve riferimento su TheFreeLibrary:

Apple Computer, Inc. today announced that it has filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission, asking the FCC to create an "NII Band" -- a radio spectrum allocation that would permit high-speed data communications for schools, libraries, community groups, individuals, businesses and institutions. The proposed NII Band radio service would be accessible by equipment from any supplier and available to anyone without licensing or air-time charges, and would facilitate wireless participation in the National Information Infrastructure.
Apple's NII Band proposal follows the success of its five-year effort to obtain FCC frequency allocation for unlicensed data personal communications services (Data-PCS). Data-PCS allows computing devices to communicate wirelessly at relatively high data rates within a local area, such as throughout a school. Because the Data-PCS band is unlicensed, a user may establish and operate a wireless data communications network without paying a service provider for installation and air-time.

Anche senza Steve Jobs al comando (rientrò solamente nel 1996) Apple puntava comunque sull'innovazione:  i primi device Wifi basati su 802.11 saranno presentati infatti ben 6 anni dopo, nel 1997 mentre per il Bluetooth bisognerà aspettare fino al 1999.


Published: May 16 2013

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