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June 10, 2012


Julien, your comment, while lengthly, misses the point. The MacBook is an important portable device for mobile users and it should be able to access the web, recieve email 24/7 without being tethered. This will be the norm within 24 months and there's no reason for Apple to wait. There's no technological reason for Apple to pass on this.

If they don't do it now, it's to deny the MacBook a feature just to protect the need for an iPad. That's selfish, and that's Apple. So you might be right for all the wrong reasons.

Although I believe it to be an inevitability, what strikes me as being the most plausible rationale for such a move is dependent upon what Apple users needs/wants concerning connectivity and what Apple contends that to be. In my opinion Apple is not driven by being the "first" to push something out on the market, rather that they offer something under optimal conditions, when they believe a device/OS build provides the form, function and usability that they are renown for, not what other electronics companies are or intent to employ. Don't users already depend and/or utilize WiFi and Hotspots, especially those from their devices such as an iPhone to make that connection as needed. I do for both my MacBook and iPad. I feel Apple's priority rests upon more unification of their notebook line and getting out the Retina Display throughout their product line. Until data pricing drops I don't think the average consumer will opt for a LTE equipped notebook over other features such as storage. An issue that may become more import as SSDs continue to be implemented in Apple's computers, a feature I find surpringly left with little coverage the last couple weeks. I read here about an innovative antenna design for notebooks granted to Apple, however, over the years Apple has been granted many patents whose viability to impliment past well before they offered it in the market, It seems like a worthwhile thing to note.

rd, Whatever I do on my iPad with LTE I'd like to do with my next MacBook. What is it that you don't get? If I have LTE now rd, and I use it a lot, I'd like that on a MacBook. It's pretty simple, rd.

I don't want a butt ugly USB Dongle. Would you like a butt ugly dongle on your iPad? Of course not. Your arguments are getting sillier. The iPad works in every country, rd. Better in some, but workable in all. That's okay for the MacBook too.

I have a Retina display on my iPad. I don't really need that for work. LTE is a better feature by far for those on the road. Your arguments don't fly rd. Not even a little.

@Lenny, Lenny, Lenny, Lenny, Lenny,

- 80% of ipad is the wifi variant. so not much demand for LTE.
- All PC Laptops already have usb dongle for LTE sold by carriers.
- Retina is what will differentiate not built-in LTE which only supports US and Canada
that why 28 nm is necessary to support other countries.
- Current Air battery is 50 Whr for 13 inch @ 7 hour running time.
- IGZO gives you same power spec for double the resolution.
- Ivy Bridge is only 10% less power saving while having higher heat then the previous model.

@ rd. The 28nm chip is an interesting point, but Apple has an LTE part for the iPad already. Why couldn't that work in the MacBook?

Some think that Apple may skip the Retina display for MacBooks. Some think it will be inferior. Some think that Apple will offer a better battery. Again, your argument is weak in context to the iPad having a retina dispaly and LTE already and the MacBook is more powerful and a better battery. A cellular MacBook is therefore viable.

It's just a matter of whether Apple wants to follow Wintel's lead or get ahead of the curve and be the leader. It's one or the other.

Except that the 28nm LTE Chip is barely out, not really available.

Apple can't bring out Retina Display and put LTE which
would just devastate the battery life.

@ Anonymous. Sounds like you're a student or someone who can't afford a cellular type of macbook. I on the other hand would most definitely choose such an option if made available on my next upgrade. I'm on the road a lot for sales and I'd prefer a Macbook with LTE over the iPhone or even iPad. I have to fill out forms and write reports and that means a macbook. I get your point "anonymous," but that just sounds like fear. Like the iPad, cellular connectivity would be optional. So no one will force you to opt in for "pricey data plans." Relax.

Macs should not need cellular service and pricey data plans. If people need a little Internet connectivity, they can do it with their phones. Those who really want to empty their pockets might as well just get a Mifi or something.

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