Is it time for Apple to add LTE?
For a long time Apple has been playing with LTE-enabled MacBooks. In 2007, the company even made a prototype MacBook Pro with a SIM slot and cellular antenna.
- Fariha Khan
- February 1, 2017
The new Apple patent displaying how the antenna could be concealed in the hinge mechanism, and an embedded virtual SIM could away with the physical one. Up till now, the firm has argued that making use of an iPhone’s WiFi hotspot or carrying an iPad extend tons of choices for mobile Internet use, the risk of competition from LTE-capable Windows laptops may give the push required to transform Apple’s mind.
In October 2016, Qualcomm announced that it would be supporting LTE-Advanced in a variety of products in future particularly Windows 10 laptops.
Qualcomm announced that it is expanding its LTE modem technology leadership to offer fast and dependable cellular connectivity in the next generation of Windows 10 notebooks. LTE connectivity is being embraced in Windows 10 devices made by a number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as HP, Dell, Lenovo and Panasonic.
Xiaomi has released a two-in-one tablet/laptop having built in LTE already, though just for the Chinese market for now. A number of other manufacturers are likely to do so as well. In case Apple doesn’t follow the same, it may end up as just a sole major brand to fail to offer a mobile data-ready laptop.