Apple quietly releases external USB modem.

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Making it an option on the mid-range Macs is OK--although you lose fax send/receive ability which is REALLY nice to have (without paying an extra $50). I hope the new external modem (whoa! flashback!) supports fax and V.92 (modem-on-hold/call waiting) like Apple's internal modems do.

    They should keep the modem on the low-end Macs (Minis) though. A LOT of people have no other choice--and others, like me, can think of other things to do with $500 per year. I'd LOVE to have more speed, but NOT to the tune of a grand every two years. I'm sure that decision is even MORE common among buyers of low-end Macs.

    And of course portables need an internal modem. You don't want to be carrying extra parts, and you can't count on broadband everywhere you travel. You CAN count on a phone jack.
  3. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Apple may have quietly simplified the logic board, should be interesting to see if two of the daughterboards floating around inside the next computer updates vanish -- modem & bluetooth modules.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I'm assuming this modem will work with other Macs too? My Power Mac is a BTO (long story, but I didn't pick the options), and doesn't have a modem. It'd be sort of nice to be able to add one to it.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2003
    New York, NY
    I actually hope they've done this, or will do this, on new portables as well. I need a good quarter inch and pound shaved off my 12" PB frankly. It's too thick and heavy to be in the "small laptop with big pricetag" catagory any more.

    I'll do you one better, I hope they leave off the disc drive eventually. I never use it, cept to install software, but there's way easier ways to do that. It's bulk I just don't need for as much as I travel. Make it external so i can put it in my carry on and use it if I must, otherwise, it's just dead weight.

  6. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    It does.
    • Speed: Data up to 56kbps, fax at 14.4kbps
    • Supports caller ID, wake on ring, telephone answering (V.253), modem on hold
    • V.92 software support
    Apple internal modems had been USB units for a while, so presumably this is the same one with wires attached.
  7. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    It's already a CTO option on the $599 and up minis, only a standard feature on the $499 model.

    I'd prefer to see the logic board real-estate used for more USB/FireWire ports on anything but the cheapest machines.

  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2003
    New York, NY
    Or size reductions :)

  9. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2003
    Scranton, PA
    Your kidding, right? Watching DVD's, burning DVD's, and CD's? They wouldn't even consider taking it away.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    I wonder if it works with the Airport Express?
  11. macrumors 68000


    May 5, 2002
    Gold Coast, Australia
    It's also the first external modem Apple has released since, at least the early 1990's.
  12. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    They could make it external, though. It's a valid choice for some who prefer the minimum and don't use the optical drive much.

    I use mine enough to find that annoying, but if they showed me just HOW thin they could make the 'Book... I might be persuaded :)

    I couldn't do without modem, though. I need Internet, and I visit lots of places that don't have ethernet or WiFi. They all have phone jacks, though. Plus I need a way to get faxes.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Aug 13, 2003
    the faraway towns
    Now that would be an interesting hack, bringing an AE with you would make even more sense in a place that didn't have Broadband.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    It can't be any thinner than the hard drive. But that can still be thinner than they are now. Today's 2.5" drives could be replaced with the 1.8" drives that the iPod uses - which go up to 80G.

    To go thinner than that, you're talking about 1" microdrives or Toshiba's 0.85" drive. But these don't come in large enough capacities yet. I think the largest microdrives today are 6G, with 8G and 10G coming soon. The 0.85" drives top out at 4G.

    There is flash, of course, but that's still not a practical hard drive replacement for a laptop. Too expensive, and swap files would destroy them (due to the write-cycle limits.) Of course, you could just include a lot of RAM (maybe 2G standard) and disable all swapping. That would get you around the write-cycle issue, but it would still make for a very expensive system.
    I suspect internal modems will stay around in laptops for much longer than they remain in desktop systems. For precisely the reason you cited.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2005
    Best post I've read today

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