Media reported that Apple has just submitted a certification application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a “low-power network adapter.” Although the document mentions that the device is for internal use only, we are curious about its functional ity. It is reported that the file was exposed during a rational update of the FCC database, it is known that its main work is below 1GHz frequency, and has a low Wi-Fi transmit power.
While much of the documentised is obscured by nondisclosure agreements, there has been speculation that the device or the 802.11ah protocol that supports IoT applications.
In addition, the model codes “Meerkat” and “A2282” can be found on the device label, using the same naming rules as Apple’s historic products.
Based on the Class A supporting documentation provided in the documentation, it is known that the device is a dedicated network adapter designed for use in factories, offices, and Apple retail stores.
Although it won’t be sold to consumers, Apple wants this private network adapter to provide specialized optimization for the identification and addition of trusted devices for security purposes.
In summary, the device is likely to be some type of IoT security or authentication system that is expected to be available soon in Apple offices and other in-house facilities.
As with consumer products, the use of internal equipment requires an appropriate authorization, such as a dedicated access pass reading system that the FCC exposed in 2017.