missing feature: LTE

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by purplewarlock, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. purplewarlock macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    I really have just a single feature that I would like to see in the Macbook Pro's, and that is a built in 4g LTE wireless ability so I can directly connect with Verizon.

    I have found tethering via hotspot on my phone is ok, but you lose a lot of speed via bluetooth etc. It isn't as bad via USB but that is a bit clumsy so to speak.

    Any idea's on why they didn't include a 4g LTE chip in the Macbook Pro's and/or when this might be available?
  2. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Apps aren't bandwidth aware. Software Update can just decide to download 1GB of updates or iTunes downloads the latest episode of a TV show and boom, 1/2 your bandwidth for the month is GONE.

    You'd need a new set of bandwidth aware network APIs in a new version of OS X before you can just casually add in LTE, otherwise you're going to have a lot of unintended consequences. It's not as easy as it seems.
  3. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Probably because laptops generally have longer lifespans than mobile devices and cellular data standards are always changing.

    They would also then have to manufacture several different models with different chips, just like the iPad 4G has separate AT&T and Verizon versions because of incompatible frequencies.

    I think that for laptops having an external solution is much better in the long run. Get one of the dedicated WiFi mobile hotspots, they seem to be pretty fast in my experience.
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Don't hold your breath. Tether, get a USB modem, get a MiFi, etc.
  5. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    I too, doubt Apple would ever release such a model.
  6. mbell1975 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2012
    Dude, the iPhone doesn't even have 4G yet lol. Apple is always behind on everything, you should know this.

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