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Report: Apple to charge some Mac users for wireless technologies

Apple plans to charge owners of Core 2 Duo-based Macs a fee of $4.99 to access the next generation of 802.11n wireless technologies in their computers, according to a published report

There's a way around the charge, according to AppleInsider. Mac owners can spend $179 for the upcoming 802.11n-enabled Airport Extreme Base Station which includes the unlocking fee and software enabler patch, the Apple-enthusiast site wrote on Monday.

Apple representatives could not be reached Tuesday.

Apple plans to offer the 802.11n Enabler patch next month when it begins shipping the Airport Extreme Base Station, AppleInsider wrote. Most Mac computers ship with built-in 802.11n wireless support that can access the wireless functions free of charge.