Apple once had interest in creating a cellular MacBook. Much like the iPad or the iPhone, the device could use an LTE connection to create at least a passable internet experience while on the go. Sadly, the interest seemed to wane a bit and engineers ostensibly abandoned the project.
Or… did they?
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A new Apple patent application shows renewed interest in providing always-on connectivity via high speed mobile connections. According to the patent, it’d connect to just about anything as well as running most of the applications you’re currently using on your MacBook.
Storage and processing circuitry may be used to run software on device 10, such as internet browsing applications, telephone call applications, email applications, media playback applications, voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP) and operating system functions, etc. Communications protocols that may be implemented using storage and processing circuitry include internet protocols, wireless local area network protocols (e.g., IEEE 802.11 protocols–sometimes referred to as WiFi), protocols for other short-range wireless communications links such as the Bluetooth protocol, cellular telephone protocols, MIMO protocols, antenna diversity protocols, etc
Of course, it’s just an application at this point. Even if it’s granted, that doesn’t mean Apple would follow through and create such a device. But, it’s not that far-fetched an idea to assume a cellular-connected MacBook is coming at some point.
via Patently Apple