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Apple plans to equip MacBooks with cellular modems as soon as 2028

Monday November 20, 2023. 08:29 PM , from Mac Daily News
Apple plans to build its own custom modem into cellular MacBook models that could arrive as early as 2028, according to Bloomberg News‘ Mark Gurman.
Tim Hardwick for MacRumors:

Apple has reportedly been working on its own modem since 2018, as it seeks to move away from Qualcomm’s component currently used in iPhones. The timeframe for launching the modem has slipped several times and is now expected to be ready around 2026, and Gurman now hears that Apple has plans for the chip appearing in other Apple devices further down the line.
Writing in his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman says that Apple’s custom technology aspirations include integrating an in-house modem into its system-on-a-chip (SoC), which would eventually see the launch of MacBooks with built-in cellular connectivity.
Gurman says Apple will “probably need two or three additional years to get that chip inside cellular versions of the Apple Watch and iPad – and the Mac, once the part is integrated into the company’s system-on-a-chip.”

MacDailyNews Take: We’re fine tethering our MacBooks via our iPhones, but a cellular-equipped MacBooks will be tempting… someday.

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