updated 01:58 pm EDT, Sun July 13, 2014
Internal card replacement for 'slightly older' MacBook Pros and Intel-based iMacs
After the release of the qCard 2, QuickerTek saw a need in other older Apple devices to be updated to the most recent Wi-Fi speeds. Issuing a card to update wireless in some "slightly older" MacBook Pros and Intel-based iMacs, the mCard aims to give a little more life to machines in future operating systems before consumers are forced to replace them.
The mCard works as a direct replacement to the existing PCIe networking card in the target machines. QuickerTek states that it's an easy replacement, not requiring any soldering or "Frankenstein work" to install. No further action needs to be taken in order to use it once it's been installed, such as driver installs.
QuickerTek's new card includes wireless options for 802.11 ac/n/a and Bluetooth 4.0. This allows the card to function with the newest technology that Apple is planning, including the Handoff function that is coming with iOS 8 and Yosemite. For now, the mCard is compatible with Mavericks 10.9.2, with the company stating it will be compatible with the new OS X version.
In addition to updating the wireless functionality, the mCard also adds an increase in range. While the distance isn't given, it features a 3 x 3 antenna system. For those needing more range, an external antenna can be used as well. QuickerTek says transmission speeds go up to 1.3 Gbps. The card is said to be compatible with all Apple Airport wireless base stations and other access points and routers. The compatibility includes QuickerTek's acHex multiple antenna upgrade.
Desktop systems that can use the mCard upgrade consist of 27-inch Intel-based iMacs, 20-inch Intel iMacs from 2007 and 2008 and 17-inch Intel iMacs. MacBook Pros with a 15-inch screen from 2008 and 2009 can use the mCard as well.
The QuickerTek mCard is available now from the company's website for $149.