We live in a wireless world. Wireless is everywhere. Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, radio and TV, and all with enough radiation to turn your skin orange and make you run for public office. What’s missing from all this growing wirelessness?
A Mac with LTE. Microsoft has a Surface Go model with LTE. Chromebooks come with LTE. Your iPhone, of course. Even iPad has an option for always on cellular LTE to give you more connectivity than built-in Wi-Fi.
Where’s the Mac with LTE, Apple?
Ah, right. Apple is a hardware company. If you had a Mac with LTE built in then you may not need an iPhone with HotSpot. See? Here’s the deal. Apple sells hardware. The more hardware you buy, the richer Apple gets (which means the company pays bonuses to employees, bonuses to stockholders in the form of dividends, and rewards investors with a higher stock price).
Meanwhile, if you’re a road warrior and you want to connect your Mac to the internet and Wi-Fi isn’t available, then you’ll need an iPhone and HotSpot.
See? More hardware sales for Apple.
I’m sure there is a product manager at Apple with a spreadsheet and all the justification for why it’s bad business to sell a Mac with LTE cellular built-in, but isn’t it bad enough that Microsoft has a Surface touchscreen notebook tablet hybrid with built-in LTE cellular connectivity and Apple can only come up with expensive Mac notebooks that have Wi-Fi.
My refrigerator has Wi-Fi. I haven’t checked, but I would not be surprised to find out my Toto toilet has built-in Wi-Fi.
So, what’s the benefit of an always on LTE-equipped Mac?
The first clue should be obvious. Always connected. Look at the clicks you would save. As it is now, I have to move the Mac’s pointer to the Wi-Fi icon in the Menubar (Oh the humanity!), click it, wait for my iPhone to show up as the Personal HotSpot, select it, then wait for the connection, then work on my Mac and hope the connection doesn’t go away.
Hey, my Watch has LTE. Shouldn’t there be an option for a Mac with LTE?