Apple becomes fourth largest Wi-Fi company. Wi-Max next.

 

Apple’s growing market share in the desktop and notebook market have been widely reported, but we are now learning that the company’s share in the 801.11n WiFi base station market is even higher. NPD analyst Stephen Baker told AppleInsider that Apple claimed 10.6% of the segment terms of unit volume last month, adding that Apple’s revenue and profit share on sales of the routers are even higher. Apparently, Apple is now in position four in overall 802.11n base station sales. Cisco-Linksys, D-Link and Netgear lead the ranking. Baker recently told Macworld that Time Capsule has emerged as the most popular Network Attached Storage device, with AirPort Extreme becoming the top-selling router in U.S. retail in April.

Apple’s wireless strategy appears to be also focusing on the emerging WiMax and Ultra-wideband standards. As the Senior RF System Engineer job post reveals, Apple is looking for an expert specifically experienced with WiMax, Ultra-Wideband (UWB), GPS, 3G, Bluetooth and Mobile TV technologies. The company may be especially interested in media delivery capabilities and if the “Mobile TV” requirement is any indication, we are looking towards iTunes movie rentals and purchases beamed over WiMax to Apple TV, computers, iPhone and other WiMax equipped devices.

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