MBP WiMax

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  1. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

    Fonzijr1964

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    Now that Baltimore MD USA (Where i live) has WiMax i really want the MBP/MBA to get WiMax. Because none of the current USB adapters are Mac compatible. Does anyone think we will see it built in or a mac compatible adapter soon?
     
  2. jaytv111 macrumors regular

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    when, hmmm. probably never. apple doesn't believe in putting new innovative features in their laptops. :D

    Mac compatibility is probably going to be soon with those adapters I would imagine. If you want in that badly you can use it in Windows until the Mac drivers are available
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Blu-ray is not innovative. Blu-ray is archaic. Blu-ray is dead. Everything else that Apple offers in the way of "the little things" is innovative.
     
  4. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    DIdn't a WiMax Express Card get passed by the FDA a few weeks back? It's possible they'll throw it in, as the parts are there, the space is there, the cost isn't too much, and the competition is doing it already. Not to stop them doing it in a few months, but they could do 3G/WiMax. heck, why stop with the wish list there ;) USB 3, WUSB, FW1600 or so...
     
  5. jaytv111 macrumors regular

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    what did i say about blu ray here? lol. why's it archaic?

    The topic is about Wimax. I believe we won't see Wimax on anything Apple for a long time, if ever. The OP's best bet is to use Windows with the USB adapter until OS X drivers are available.

    If the FDA does wireless communications, then who does food and drugs?:)
     
  6. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    I Think over the next year or so, things are going to be spiced up ALOT.

    OLED will start to become affordable.
    Wireless Charging
    Wireless USB
    WiMax
    FW1600
    BluRay
    Touch Based Input

    The list goes onto the imagitions...
     
  7. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

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    Bluray, as Tallist SKil said, is dead. Optical is dead, it's just a matter of time before the general public realizes this.

    FW1600? What about FW3200. I'd prefer it MUCH more!

    OLED is going to take a while and all this wireless stuff, yeah, it'll be here soon. Just gotta perfecdt it.
     
  8. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    You could get an Intel 5150 or 5350 Wireless module (WiFi + WiMax), but there are no drivers for Mac OS X.

    [off topic]
    Optical is dead. that's why i be-optical-drived my macbook pro to save some weight! (seriously)
     
  9. Fonzijr1964 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    yeah PC only. and its FCC
    see bold for the prediction of when it will get hott^^
     
  10. jaytv111 macrumors regular

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    it won't be dead until we all have gigabit uncapped fiber connections in our homes. That won't be for another 10 years (at least). Just look at what ISPs are doing nowadays. Comcast and others are capping our internet connections, there's no way HD downloads could survive if everyone had capped connections.
     
  11. Fonzijr1964 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    and y do they do this. it is just limiting our progress as a technologically advanced society
     
  12. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    It might have something to do with money. :p

    Gotta love capitalism. Give 'em a taste of the good stuff, then screw 'em.
     
  13. ThunderRobot macrumors regular

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    Blu-Ray will have its day. Digital media will be the future but it's not ready for the mass international market yet for a few reasons.

    1. The infrastructure - in other words uncapped, unmetered, unlimited broadband - is not prevalent enough to support the bandwidth needed for the downloads. Currently in the UK a few ISPs are up-in-arms because a minority of internet users are taking advantage of BBC iPlayer. If this was to become the mass-market way of distributing 2 hour high def movies (50gig or so) the ISPs would go into melt-down.
    2. Studios want people who have paid for VHS to double-dip a title with DVD and then to triple dip and buy Blu-Ray before paying for a digital version.
    3. Many people consider the displaying of physical media an important part of their living room.

    I'd say optical media still has at least 4 -5 years of life. For some people that will be Blu-Ray, others will stick to DVD, but I think reports of the death of optical media are premature to say the least.

    Of course, all of this is remarkably off-topic.
     
  14. jaytv111 macrumors regular

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    Precisely. Network upgrades cost billions of dollars, most ISPs are trying to milk their old infrastructure until it's completely dead. Therefore, they have to limit how much you can download in order to prolong the life of their old networks and thus save money.

    I'd say more than that. Probably closer to 10 years. And we'll probably see optical media being used for a longer time afterward. Consider how some people are stuck on dialup still, and others don't even have internet access (by choice, usually). (although they might also be stuck on VHS)

    And yes, this is off topic indeed. :p
     
  15. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    So um, do you enjoy having coursing through your body?:rolleyes:

    Don
     

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