The promise of a 3G MacBook

The promise of a 3G MacBook

Summary: One of the most exciting hardware rumors floating around the Internet these days is that Apple may include a 3G radio on the logic board of the MacBook. Well, that and the quad-core iPhone.

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One of the most exciting hardware rumors floating around the Internet these days is that Apple may include a 3G radio on the logic board of the MacBook. Well, that and the quad-core iPhone.

On Wednesday AppleInsider noted that AT&T is exploring 3G data services for more than just the iPhone.

Sitting down with Fortune, AT&T's Emerging Devices group president Glenn Lurie says he would like his company's deals with Apple to extend beyond the iPhone, though he takes care to avoid implying any immediate collaboration on other hardware and portrays Apple as one of many device builders AT&T speaks with regarding future plans.

I thought that Apple was trying to cut costs by removing components from the logic board? Doesn't this go against that? And what about obsolescence? Will the MacBook's 3G chipset be able to keep up with 3G USB offerings from the other carriers? What then, is the benefit of including a 3G modem on the logic board?

Subsidies.

That's right, Apple is believed to be researching subsidizing the price of the notebook in exchange for a two year 3G data contract. Fortune thinks that it could bring down the initial cost of a computer to as low as $99.

What do you think about having built-in 3G on the next MacBook would you buck up for the service?

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware, Wi-Fi

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  • Great concept, great idea...

    Between MobileMe and GDrive, mobility is really becoming more feasible then ever. It's nice to see cloud computing starting to really take off. I have MobileMe and I love it. Between my Mac and my iPhone, my email, calendar and important files are always at hand. Gotta love it.
    gregory.dworak@...
    • Apple needs to update MobileMe...

      Apple needs to update MobileMe, their WebDAV implementation is
      horribly slow. It's been like that ever since .Mac was introduced. I use
      MacFUSE with MacFusion instead.
      olePigeon
  • Sounds Brilliant

    People are always looking at initial price for computers and such but this seems better fitted for the illustrious NetBook that I'm sure we will see in the future once the economy bounces back.

    I think it would be hard to resist a $99 MacBook or a MacNetBook. I doubt they would go that cheap though unless the iPhone's price dropped. I wouldn't pay more than the iPhone service plan, though.
    Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493
  • It doesn't add anything to the motherboard...

    It doesn't add anything to the motherboard since there are
    several vendors that make a single chip that supports both
    wifi and 3G.
    olePigeon