802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 for Unibody MacBook Pros – Restock within 4 days.

(4 customer reviews)



    By selecting 'Yes', you understand that, due to bugs caused by Apple, Handoff, Continuity, and  Watch Auto Unlock features may not work or will be buggy. Bluetooth range may be reduced compared to stock. You also understand that a clean install of an officially supported version of macOS may be required. Lastly, you confirm that you have read the documentation in addition to our shipping and returns policies.

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802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 upgrade for the following Unibody MacBook Pros (non Retina):

  • 13″ – Early 2011 through Mid 2012 – Model A1278
  • 15″ – Mid 2010 through Mid 2012 – Model A1286
  • 17″ – Mid 2010 through Late 2011 – Model A1297

This upgrade unlocks faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds – up to 1300 Mbps with 3×3 MIMO capability, and Bluetooth 4.2. Please read Disclaimer Agreement above for information regarding Handoff, Continuity, and  Watch Auto Unlock features.

Not compatible with MacBook Pros that have the Wi-Fi card in the display assembly.

Made in USA and installs easily.

Packaged in a hard, ESD-safe, foam-lined container.

Support for other computers and operating systems is neither documented nor guaranteed. Some users have reported success with Windows using Boot Camp.

Additional information

Weight 60.0 g

4 reviews for 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 for Unibody MacBook Pros – Restock within 4 days.

  1. mike-1312 (verified owner)

    Very easy to install on my mid-2012 non-retina MacBook Pro 15. 5 minutes? Loved that I didn’t have to deal with the original bracket—sent that whole assembly to recycling.

    Rebooted, everything just worked over Catalina including Internet Recovery.

    I know a few people who still use these old MBPs. Gonna tell ’em to get on the wait list.

  2. 032804230618 (verified owner)

    These are a fantastic upgrade for your 13″ or 15″ Unibody MacBook Pros. I have played with a few of these and installation is very simple.

    It works great with Catalina (The last officially supported, macOS release for Mid 2012 models), but if you want to try and install macOS Big Sur I am happy to report that as of this review Big Sur immediately recognizes these cards without any post installation patches needed for the module itself. Whether it is the extended range or speed, you WILL notice a dramatic improvement in your WiFi on your MacBook Pro.

    These cards will help extend the life of these reliable machines and if you search online you will soon find out that this works with Windows via a bootcamp installation. Be sure to download the files that are easily found via a google search and you will continue to enjoy the new card on Windows 10 and beyond in this machine long after Apple drops all support for Intel processors.

  3. drtidmore (verified owner)

    I installed this card in my mid 2012 15″ 2.3Ghz MBP with the intent on moving my MBP to macOS 11, Big Sur. This machine has had numerous upgrades over the years so one more was no big deal.

    As anticipated, the card fired right up in Catalina and I had full 802.11ac. I chose to use Bensova’s Patched-Sur to facilitate the move to macOS 11. The installation was smooth as silk. As was the case in Catalina, macOS 11.0.1 had no issues with the new WiFi card.

    Bluetooth was a bit rocky in macOS11.0.1 for everyone and I basically avoided depending on BT. BT would always fire up and run until the OS was coming out of sleep mode and then all bets were off. Once I updated to macOS 11.1, BT stabilized and I was once again able to depend on things like Continuity, watch wakeup, etc.

    I continue to be delighted with the Subtle Design’s WiFi card and have recommended it to several other mac users holding onto their mid 2012 MBPs (IMHO the best MBP Apple every designed).

    Thanks so much for giving us a way to continue enjoying our now orphaned MBPs for at least another year and hopefully longer.


  4. mike-1312 (verified owner)

    Update. I installed a second one on another 2012 MBP i7. This one had slow 802.11n Wifi and faulty BT. This upgrade went as well as the other. Thanks again!

    With new batteries, RAM and these upgraded Wifi/BT cards, there’s a lot of life left in these old machines.

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