The future of the PC, or the Mac in this case, is mobile. That is to say, manufacturers of laptop and notebook computers–and that includes Apple Inc.–have no choice but to cooperate with the market’s demand if they want to stay relevant. Customers this time look for powerful computers, yet they want them to be more portable, and are always connected with the internet.
For instance, Apple has launched the new MacBook last year, and an upgraded version of it in April of this year.
The MacBook refresh, or actually just MacBook, is the so-called ‘fusion’ of the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. When it was launched in March of last year, Apple said that it was made for portability and style. To be exact, they claim that it was the reinvention of the MacBook line.
To be honest, the new MacBook is a gorgeous amalgam of advanced technology, but it lacks one important thing: mobile connectivity. When you bring it outside, and you need internet connectivity, you have no choice but to either use a separate product to share internet with it–like an iPhone as hotspot–or look for the nearest coffee shop that offers free Wi-Fi.
That said, future models might soon fix it, and the new patent acquired by the tech giant is an apt proof that the popular and portable notebook is marching to that direction, although we need a lot of crossed fingers with this one.
As reported in the website 9to5Mac, Apple was awarded the patent for MacBooks possibly with Long Term Evolution. In addition to antennas for the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the said document has a reference to cellular antennas, and the site claims that it would “logically” refer to the LTE.
Of course, it is somewhat safe to say that the patent is for MacBook LTE, given that the said connectivity is becoming ubiquitous not only in the United States, but also in other places around the globe. It is worth mentioning that this isn’t the first patent awarded to Apple with reference to cellular connectivity.
The aforementioned report also explained how Apple has been back and forth with the idea of bringing mobile connectivity to its notebook and laptop line. One issue that they have is SIM card compatibility. That, of course, is already workable with the Apple SIM which lets customers with iPad switch from one carrier to another.