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Apple Planning 3G Laptops?


Apple Planning 3G Laptops?

At last! A rumour about Apple products that has an air of legitimacy to it! Thanks to a now-suspiciously-removed posting for a "Communications QA Engineer" on its website, rumour is rife that Apple is planning to offer a range of MacBooks with integrated 3G modems.

The job requirements included "in-depth knowledge of one or more Comms technologies, including Gigabit Ethernet for consumer and enterprise-class workstations, Bluetooth v2.0, 3G Wireless WAN, and Wi-Fi {802.11} a/b/g/n" working within the "Comms Software QA team within the Mac Hardware Group."

There are several reasons this doesn't mean Apple is going to launch a 3G capable MacBook range. Not least of these is the fact that Apple is the ambiguity of the job listing itself - working with 3G isn't listed as a definitely; requirement. Or perhaps Apple wants an in-house technician able to diagnose problems third party manufacturers have had with USB dongles and PCMCIA cards.

Nonetheless, of all the Apple-centric rumours which have circulated lately this is by far my favourite. I don't particularly want an Apple tablet PC or netbook but a 13.3in MacBook with built-in 3G would be pretty tempting.


Via The Register


May 6, 2009, 6:25 pm

"At last! A rumour about Apple products that has an air of legitimacy to it!"

Like that would stop TR from filling the news section with Apple news...


May 6, 2009, 6:35 pm

...or any other tech blog for that matter. They all seem rather obsessed with these dumbed down PC things.


May 6, 2009, 6:38 pm

What Ohmz said.

You guys are great at reporting news and giving reviews, and I'm a big fan of Apple, but please stop it with these baseless rumours! At the time of writing this there are three apple rumour posts on the front page of this site... THREE!! Even potentially legitimate rumours should have no place on this site. If you need more articles to fill up the daily quota, do more games reviews; you do them so well but so rarely :(


May 6, 2009, 7:00 pm

News and reviews quotas are completely separate. Stu is (sadly) limited to a game review every other week and much as I'd love to add to that, it's not going to happen.

And it's not like we don't join in circulating plenty of other rumours:




Baseless or otherwise, you might not care to hear these rumours, but plenty of people do.


May 6, 2009, 7:40 pm

...and HK is a prime example of why you should stop this rumour-mongering immediately... The comments just turn into Mac/windows bashing fights.

Luan Bach

May 6, 2009, 9:16 pm

Maybe you have a Rumour tag ? Everything is News at the moment.


May 6, 2009, 9:27 pm

I'd like to think I maintained a large degree of cordiality with poster 'Jay' throughout that brief Windows/OS X disagreement, Cub. It was more of a conversation than a fight, no? In the end we didn't disagree on too much either.


May 6, 2009, 9:44 pm

Grow up you lot...


May 6, 2009, 9:57 pm

...and if TR didn't report on these rumours, someone would be having a go at them for falling behind the pace. I feel sorry for you guys sometimes...

Perhaps including the word 'RUMOUR' in the title of the article would preclude those of a sensitive disposition from clicking on the link...


May 6, 2009, 10:01 pm

I was tongue in cheek, I wasn't bashing nothing.

I do agree and think TrustedReviews should be Reviews & News of actual real solid products though. No rumours. Maintain a level of standards above most childish tech sites. But it's not my site, I'm just a happy reader (I'd rather see an article on the Kindle DX than some maybe happening Apple tablet btw, talking of readers). I think the site is safe though, comments are moderated so virtually no childish crap gets through.


May 6, 2009, 11:58 pm

I'm starting to lean towards the possibility of warming to the idea of maybe considering to think about purchasing one.. but only if I can have the educational discount :-D

Oh and you DARE put the price up for this model. Actually wait I forgot about the nerfed batteries, 45Wh is a bit sucky.

But I can still take the hard disk out for a nice SSD, so urm na i think I'll leave it thanks.

Just drop the price by 20% and stop the jokes k? And a 3 year warranty as standard...


May 7, 2009, 2:55 pm

@xenos: If you're over 18 and hold a valid student ID there's nothing stopping you from getting educational discount, which is a saving of 5% on your Apple bill.

Also, you talk about a 3-year standard warranty like it's the norm! I wish it was, but I can't see it happening. It would take a big vendor like Dell, HP or Acer to intro a 3-year standard warranty for the other vendors to begin to follow-suit, Apple won't want to lead that trend.


May 8, 2009, 7:03 pm

Uh, that's weird Shaun because I could have sworn the a few years ago on a uni campus, someone showed me that the discount they do for students was around the 14-14.5% mark.


May 9, 2009, 12:32 am

Surely a three year warranty would go some way to justify the 'apple tax' so if anything it *is* apple that should be leading that trend. Having said that I know add-on warranties are a gold mine so I doubt they will ever be standard, especially on something like a laptop that may actually break in three years (as opposed to TVs etc.)

Oh, and to HK I'm sure I remember reading that the moderating only checks for spam and maybe swearing - they don't filter out (censor!) childish/fanboy comments.

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