Sim cards in Apple Laptops?Ivan | Sat, 2012-07-07 18:15
I do not understand why Apple's mobile computers such as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro do not have cell phone radios in them. These radios are very small and relatively cheap nowadays. Apple could easily design these laptops to have a slot for a SIM card like iPhones and iPads have. I don't expect them to add it on iMacs or Mac Pros, but for mobile computers I think it's clearly a good feature to have. Having those USB sticks sticking out of our USB ports is inconvenient and ugly. The third party software that comes with them is usually a hit and miss. Compared with the iPad mobile experience it's a pain.
If Apple laptops had SIM card slots they could allow cell phone companies to sell these laptops with mobile data subscriptions expanding the retail network significantly.
To pay for the radios Apple could negotiate a special package with a globally accessible cell phone company to have a default built-in SIM card to provide emergency internet access for a relatively higher price, but free monthly stand-by fee. This basic package could be upgraded or replaced by any other SIM card for less expensive data packages. Besides giving mobile connectivity the default card would allow lost laptops to be found easier with the Find My iPhone app.
What do you think?
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