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The more radio waves the better!!
An interesting report was submitted
to us today that states that Apple will include Airport Cards with
all its new Macintosh computers. There is no confirmation of this
statement but if one thinks about it (like we have been all day
long), you may start to think it is possible. In the last few
months Apple has made quite a large effort to update both the
hardware and software for its AirPort systems. A new base station
was released a few weeks ago and software updates have been coming
out on a regular basis. It is true that there was a lot of flak
over the fact that OSX needed sever updates to it's AirPort
software and that could be the reason for the many updates, but we
think it is something more exciting.
The most intriguing idea is
the hype surrounding the new proposed imac and what it will look
like. Rumors of the imac are that it has a small footprint on the
desktop, (revolutionary, innovative, yadda, yadda, yadda.). It is
being billed as an unobtrusive, low-profile unit that is meant to
not be cluttered and look pretty. We asked ourselves what was the
ugliest thing about computers and one answer came up, all the
wires. Apple has already taken huge strides to reduce the clutter
around their computers by introducing displays that can carry all
signals from mice and keyboards through a single cable to the
computer. This helps alot but there is still the network cable to
think about. Although not that big a deal, it is still the last
cable that Apple has to worry about to make a clean desktop and
floor environment for its computers. This idea about reducing
clutter and increasing order around the computer is not that
pressing right now but it is still a good idea.
The biggest push
is portability of the imac once it is released. If the rumors are
true and the LCD imac is released that has a small desktop
footprint, it should also be light weight and easy to move around.
A wireless connection would be ideal for this situation. If you
wanted to move your work from one room to another, just pick up
your monitor and walk to the next room. Judging by the rumors and
moch up pictures, the new imac will be lightweight and only a few
pounds heavier than the portables. Easily moveable by the average
person and thus a wireless network connection will help out there.
There is still the case of the keyboard and mouse cables but we
didn't say it would be really easy to move.
The other last bit of
evidence is Apple's innovative self. Being the front runners of
trying new things, it is fitting that Apple again be the first and
offer wireless networking will all its computers as a standard. This will
increase the sales of the AirPort base station if the cards are included.
Reports state that the AirPort cards are relatively cheap to
produce now so there would not be that large a price increase. This will also throw a huge spotlight on the new
imac as it will be branded as a wireless computer. There are lots of
computers that can be made wireless with a large budget but to have one that
comes wireless right from the store is another story. Remember that
AirPort is based on an industry standard and the cards work with
other wireless hubs.
Again this has not been confirmed in any
way but it is possible. If you think about it you will come up
with other reasons why this might happen. We had lots but these
are the only ones that were close enough to earth to be allowed to
What do you think?
If you have any comments on this story or have any
more insights into Apples future, please email us.comments@AppleGossip.com