"bluetooth ready"...?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by pnz999, Jan 28, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

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    according to Macnn, the new power mac "are "Bluetooth ready" and require a $50 Apple Bluetooth module for full functionality "? what the heck?

    is it the same for the new Al powerbook too? if I buy the PB I still need a bluetooth module?
     
  2. macrumors member

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    nope, the new ALbooks have bult in bluetooth.
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    The reason is its easy to take out and put in blue tooth to a tower, so they have the option of making you buy it seperately :p
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    17" Powerbook has bluetooth built-in, 12" and 15" you need a dongle.

    It's pretty plain to read on the Apple Store page.
     
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    patrick0brien

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    -FlamDrag

    Well, I guess this is debatable.

    I'm in the market for a new 12" and your comment made me scramble to Apple.com to see for myself, and this is what I found:

    At: http://www.apple.com/powerbook/index17.html

    You are right as it says: "Sync with Bluetooth
    Bluetooth is built-in to the new 17-inch PowerBook G4 model."

    But at: http://www.apple.com/powerbook/wireless.html

    it adds the 12" to the "Built-In BlueTooth" category: "Connecting wirelessly with Bluetooth
    Bluetooth is built-in to the new 17-inch and 12-inch PowerBook G4 models (available with an optional adapter on the 15-inch PowerBook G4)."

    also at: http://www.apple.com/powerbook/index12.html

    It is stated: "The Bluetooth connection
    Bluetooth, built-in to the new 12-inch PowerBook G4 model, connects digital devices wirelessly."

    It's too bad the link from the top of the Hardware page to the Powerbooks section takes you to the 17" without being more specific. I can see how the cross-references to the other models, and lack therof of an equal cross-reference to built-in BlueTooth to the 12" can lead one to think that the 17" is the only one with BlueTooth built in.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    m pretty sure the first MDD Power Macs are also bluetooth compatible. The Bluetooth adapter is just USB. So i would think any USB mac can have blue tooth.

    Tyler
     
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    mattmack

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    If you have a USB port and are running os X I believe you can have bluetooth
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    Doesn't Bluetooth-ready mean that there is an internal USB port for the bluetooth dongle?

    If not, it's just a stupid marketing trick.
     
  9. macrumors G3

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    Both the 12" and 17" powerbooks have Bluetooth built-in.

    The Powermacs announced today have the option of an internal bluetooth module.

    Everything else still requires a USB base bluetooth module.
     
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  11. macrumors regular

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    So what exactly is bluetooth good for? It sounds like a hillbilly dental hygene problem. I know it's a wireless connection of some sort, but what would you really use it for?
     
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    mattmack

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    Close range wireless communication. eg syncing your bluetooth phone with address book and palm desktop
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    Bluetooth stuff

    You can currently get bluetooth mice, and will soon (maybe now) be able to get bluetooth keyboards and printers. All of this with the goal of reducing desk clutter with less wires.
     

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