A job posting from Apple would seem to indicate that the next MacBook refresh will bring internal 3G modems to the line.
Future Macs could enjoy the benefits of 3G wireless broadband if a job posting from Apple is any indication.
With the company concentrating on increasing the portability
of its devices – and with its flagship ultraportable, the stupidly slim Air, having but a single USB port to its name – the lack of 3G modem has long been a puzzle. Where PC manufacturers have been cramming them in to everything from desktop replacement laptops to netbooks, Apple owners had no choice but to rely on USB connected dongles for their connection to the 'net when out and about.
This could be set to change, however: ComputerWorld
has spotted a job posting from Apple's Mac Hardware Group asking for a quality assurance engineer gifted in a variety of networking technologies including – but not limited to - “3G Wireless WAN.
While not a clear indicator that the Cupertino-based company is looking to expand its wireless options – the ad also mentions “AirPort (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth v2.0, [and] gigabit Ethernet
” all of which are included in the current MacBook lineup bar the wired Ethernet-less Air – it certainly points to an increasing interest in the technology from Apple.
Further wording in the advert would appear to point towards a product announcement Real Soon Now – as would the fact that Apple is looking for a quality assurance bod, not an implementation engineer. With the work seemingly already done, it might not be too long before Mac users get to enjoy the pleasures of almost-ubiquitous wireless broadband.
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