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Bye, wi-fi: Your next MacBook could run on 4G cell networks

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You better up your T-Mobile, AT&T, or Verizon data subscription, because according to some newly uncovered patent filings, your next MacBook could be joining your wireless plan.


Apple's recently approved United States Patent Office submission, first spotted by Patently Apple, shows off what the company is calling "Isolated Cavity Antennas" -- essentially long-range cellular connectivity modules housed behind slot openings in a MacBook's otherwise signal-interfering, all-aluminum body. 


This patent, along with other semi-recent mobile connectivity USPO filings by Apple, is a big hint the Cupertino company may soon be making cellular 4G networks (and possibly eventually 5G networks) available to use on its laptops when wi-fi isn't available.

And if the patent application is a preview of what's to come, Apple will add that extra connectivity capability without compromising the sleek, all-metal look of the MacBook.


Apple's iPads come in 4G LTE models, but at the cost of having an eyesore of a plastic antenna- housing compartment on their backs. And don't even get started about those unfortunate iPhone signal antenna strips.

Maybe Apple can bring this slick "Isolated Cavity Antenna" tech to those true mobile devices. Can you hear me now, Apple?

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