As explained by the English-speaking news portal MacRumors, Apple would be about to take a giant step towards the line of laptop computers. And although there is still time to see this materialize, the truth is that the wait will be worth it when this advance is presented to society.
MacBooks will inherit this from iPads
It is known that Apple, increasingly, is internalizing components of its devices that, to date, depended directly on third-party manufacturers and suppliers. The integration and interaction of the Apple ecosystem, both at the hardware and software level, involves having products completely designed by them. And over the years, we have been able to see how this design has spread.
For example, a button. Or an Apple Silicon processor, rather. And what used to depend directly on Intel now stays at home. And like at home, nowhere. They have taken the saying so seriously that since 2018 they have also been known to be working on their own network modems, which currently depend on the technology that Qualcomm provides them.
Well, this translated for MacBooks, how does it affect? To understand this, you have to go for a few moments to the iPad. But not to the models that only have a Wi-Fi network connection, but rather those that have a Wi-Fi + Cellular connection.
This modality adds a network antenna and a SIM card, so that they can connect to a mobile data network, and thus have much greater independence of operation, since they can have internet wherever there is coverage.
If we apply this principle to MacBooks, It turns out that Apple could start manufacturing and selling its first laptops with Wi-Fi + cellular connection, starting in 2028. This is something that prestigious Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman has predicted.
However, although this seems promising, and the idea of having a MacBook with a mobile data network could make all the sense in the world (in the end it is a computer designed to work on the go), “they will probably need two or three more years to integrate the mobile network chip of the Apple Watch and the iPad, inside the Mc’s Apple Silicon processor”, as explained by MacRumors.
In addition, they also reveal a product that may have been released in the past, but that Steve Jobs refused to release, even though it would have been technologically possible. It is a MacBook Air with a 3G connection, but at that time, as they explain, “Steve Jobs refused because this would have taken up a lot of space” on the computer.
At that time, one of the strong points of the MacBook Air was its lightness and thinness. To such an extent that Jobs himself took one out of a paper envelope to promote its launch.