Apple’s ‘Network Adapter,’ which runs iOS, has been unveiled in FCC files

Whenever a company develops a radio frequency product (such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi), regulatory authorities such as the FCC must authorize it. New FCC files released this week introduce a new strange “Adapter Network” from Apple running iOS. The device, named “A2657”, is simply defined as a “Network Adapter.” Apple submitted a copy of this application to the FCC on January 22, 2022, according to records published by the Commission. The docs describe the interior of the adapter, however there are no photos of it.

Apple’s Novel Network Myth has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC antennas, plus a USB-C port. Interestingly, the FCC launches also show that it features 32GB of internal storage and 1.5GB of RAM. The second part of the same product is the Monomono port instead of USB-C and 1GB of RAM only. Based on the documentation, the adapter runs the firmware “19F47,” which is an internal feature of iOS 15.5. With this in mind, we assume that the adapter works based on the Apple Silicon chip, according to Apple Studio Display.

Aside from the fact that the FCC has tested a new accessory connected to a MacBook Pro and an iMac, more details about it are not clear as Apple has requested a non-disclosure agreement until November 2022. Of course , this does not mean that the Apple Network Adapter will see the light of day – at least for regular customers. Apple has several devices registered with the FCC intended for internal purposes, such as tools used by engineers to repair iPhones and Macs. However, it is not possible to try to imagine what an adapter can do.

If by any means the adapter was a new product not released from Apple, would it be a modern network port for Mac users or an AirPort replacement? We don’t have the answers yet, but personally I would love to see a new version of Apple’s AirPort router. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments section below. FTC: We use paid affiliate affiliate links. Die e sii. Filipe Espósito is a Brazilian tech journalist who started covering Apple news on iHelp BR with some exclusive gossip – including the introduction of new Apple Watch Series 5 models in titanium and ceramic. He joined 9to5Mac to share even more technical news around the world.

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