How big is Wi-Max ... worth the wait??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Cavalier, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. Cavalier macrumors newbie

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    I've settled on Backbook, which suits me great. Like everyone, I'm trying to decide whether to wait for the next June/July update, which will likely be the same price, and include 3 new things:

    - Slightly better (not necessarily faster) processor.
    - Possibly inherit the MacAir's lighted keyboard & gesture control.
    - And will have Wi-max capability.

    I don't think anyone is projecting a new case design, though MBP might get one (which I would wait for).

    So of all the expected changes, Wi-max is the only one that really intrigues me. How big will that be to mobile computing? How long until it's common place in cities?
     
  2. izibo macrumors 6502

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    To be honest, while you may get slight speed bump with the next revision, I highly doubt you will see WiMax or a lighted keyboard in upcoming MacBooks.

    The lighted keyboard capabilities have been in the MacBook Pros since before the move to Intel. They have had more than a few years to incorporate them in to the MacBooks which they haven't. I think this a "pro" feature that they will only incorporate into their pricier machines. I would make the same argument regarding the gestures capabilities since Apple did not include them with the most recent MacBook update.

    Regarding WiMax, I think it will happen, someday. But again, this will go into the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro way earlier than the MacBooks.

    Bottom line: buy your machine now and be happy. If you really want to wait, you can, but don't expect anything more than modest speed improvements, a slightly bigger HD, and a free iPod if you are student (Apple usually gives away free iPods via rebate during the summer months).
     
  3. Cavalier thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks.

    I was prepared to live without the gesture control & lighted keyboard, and I can see Apple wanting to keep the upper elements of style/art in the Air & (eventually) the Pro (very overdue for a case redesign).

    But I'm not waiting for a new processor that is 10% more efficient, and I won't wait if wi-max is still 2+ years off from taking the field & opening up the world of distributed cloud computing.
     
  4. chicagdan macrumors 6502a

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    If you really care about this level of laptop expandability, go with a MBP, because they come with Express Card slots. I'm sure as soon as WiMAX is widely available, there will be Express Cards for it.
     
  5. izibo macrumors 6502

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    WiMAX is still a ways off. Buying a MacBook Pro just so you can get expandability to upgrade for something that has yet to even pan out is a bit silly if you ask me. Heck, you could sell your MacBook in two years, buy a new one with WiMAX and have a better machine as opposed to a 2 year old MBP with an express card slot.
     

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