"bluetooth ready"...?

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

  1. pnz999 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2002
    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. Farside161 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2002
    Portland, OR
    nope, the new ALbooks have bult in bluetooth.
  3. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    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. FlamDrag macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2003
    Western Hemisphere
    17" Powerbook has bluetooth built-in, 12" and 15" you need a dongle.

    It's pretty plain to read on the Apple Store page.
  5. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    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. TyleRomeo macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2002
    New York
    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.

  7. mattmack macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2002
    San Francisco Area
    If you have a USB port and are running os X I believe you can have bluetooth
  8. morlium macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2002
    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. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    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.
  10. goglamosh macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2002
  11. ChicagoMac macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2002
    Battle Creek, MI
    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?
  12. mattmack macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2002
    San Francisco Area
    Close range wireless communication. eg syncing your bluetooth phone with address book and palm desktop
  13. pepeleuepe macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2002
    Los Angeles, California
    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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