Following reports that owners of the new MacBook Air models are experiencing 802.11ac WiFi problems, Apple has begun sending invitations to some users, asking them join its AppleSeed Program in order to get a pre-release version of an upcoming MacBook Air WiFi update.
Since the launch of the new 11in and 13in MacBook Air models in June, users of the new models have been reporting WiFi issues that cause the internet connection to drop out within minutes of getting online.
Now, it seems that Apple is taking action to solve the problem, offering select customers a pre-release version of the "MacBook Air WiFi Update 1.0" to install and test on their machines, reports Apple Insider.
The full invitation reads as follows:
"You have been selected to join our AppleSeed Program. If you accept, we will provide you with a pre-release version of the MacBook Air WiFi update 1.0 to install and use.
"While trying out the MacBook Air WiFi Update 1.0, we ask that you provide us with your feedback. Our program includes a bug reporting system for our participants. If you wish to be a seed volunteer and help Apple release high-quality software, follow the instructions below…"
It's likely that the update's purpose is to solve the connectivity issue that MacBook Air owners have been experiencing as a result of the new 802.11ac wireless standard that has been introduced to the laptop, though Apple does not explicitly state this in the invitation.
It is also not clear when Apple will release the update for all MacBook Air owners, but the company presumably wants to solve the problem as quickly as possible, as some reports have suggested that some customers were able to get replacement MacBook Air units as a result of the WiFi issues they were experiencing.