A MacBook with mobile features has been one of the top requests among Apple users for many years. Now a report says we could see a 5G MacBook during the second half of 2020. What do you think of this rumor?
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This report comes from the supply chain blog Digitimes, which says Apple a 5G – Activated MacBook line should be ready to ship by the end of 2020.
The report says Apple will use a ceramic material for the 5G antenna board, instead of the typical metals used by other manufacturers. This will appear to dramatically improve mobile reception and transfer speeds, making 5G speeds up to twice as fast.
As we said last week, it is important to treat this report with some skepticism. Digitimes is the only source to report Apple's 5G MacBook plans, and it has an iffy track record, especially when it comes to timelines. Apple is very likely to be researching a mobile MacBook, but the 2020 timeline should be treated with skepticism.
Personally, I would be very excited to see a 5G MacBook. Some might say that the need for a mobile MacBook has diminished with the enhancement of the iPhone's hotspot features. However, I still believe that integrated mobile connectivity in a MacBook will provide better usability. Having to manually connect to your hotspot every time you leave your house is not a good user experience.
One question would be which MacBooks would add a 5G option and how Apple would price it. It has to be argued that both MacBook Air and MacBook Pro have mobile features. I am a big supporter of the Retina MacBook Air, and I think that adding mobile features to it would make it an ultra-portable and powerful mobile workstation.
In terms of pricing, Apple charges a hardware premium for mobile features on the iPad. This is in addition to the extra monthly cost from your carrier. Apple will probably use a similar pricing structure for mobile-enabled MacBook's. But how much will it charge?
What do you think? Still interested in a mobile MacBook? Want to pay more for it? Let us know in the poll below and down in the comments!
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