Apple plans 3G Macs

Apple plans 3G Macs

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.

Would an internal 3G modem tempt you across to the fruity side of the fence? Perhaps you think that the advert fuels the rumours of the long-denied but much-anticipated Apple netbook? Share your thoughts over in the forums.


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Atomic 6th May 2009, 13:33 Quote
About bloody time!
V3ctor 6th May 2009, 13:50 Quote
yeah well...3G modem for another 300$... Thanks, but no thanks...
Tokukachi 6th May 2009, 13:50 Quote
That main issue here is are they going to allow you to use a Sim from any mobile network or lock it down to an exclusive provider like they have done with the iPhone?
Atomic 6th May 2009, 14:32 Quote
I would be amazed if they tied it into just one network as 3G data is quite a different thing to the iPhone
ZERO <ibis> 6th May 2009, 21:31 Quote
Just in time for 4g networks!

It is 3g support! Yes that is right now that the next generation of mobile wireless technology is upon us Apple is proud to offer you technology that is a generation behind for a price that is ahead of the rest! Now for more money than an uncool 4g device you can upgrade your existing over priced products with exciting 3g support. Sure other devices have had 3g support in the past and are moving to 4g but those devices do not make rainbows when they crap or make you look hip and cool. As we know nothing is more important than being hip and cool and having overpriced and soon to be outdated equipment in impressive boxes shows that you know what cool is! Now all you cool cats hop on the apple and take a bite because with 3g you are going to travel to places that every other 3g device has gone before, except that you have rainbows and less money!

*Please note that 3g may not be available in all areas however your loss of money will. Apple is not responsible for 3g service however it is responsible for anything that makes you feel good when using it. Note that apple will only allow approved content over the 3g service so that users can be protected from themselves. To ensure that users are protected from themselves for a limited time apple will include, for free, a straitjacket with all orders! Just pay separate shipping and processing and then 42 easy payments of post processing.
HourBeforeDawn 7th May 2009, 08:33 Quote
ya lol 4g is out now a bit late =p but I dont see the point of having it built in, I mean its not like its free you still have to subscribe to some kind of service but either way I would rather get an air card instead of pay an arm and a leg granted thats Apples way get the not so bright folk to pay twice the price for something thats similar competition offers for half or less the price.... ~_~
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