Apple, it’s time to launch a MacBook with 5G

I have an iPad with which I really like to consume multimedia content and in which I carry out some of my daily tasks. Apple’s tablet, however, doesn’t always give me the features I need to get things done. So when I’m traveling or crossing town to a coffee shop so I can write a review or edit photos while having a coffee, I always choose to take my MacBook Pro with M1 Pro chip with me. It’s relatively light, it has fuller apps, and its screen size is more convenient for me than the iPad. There is only one thing I miss in the Apple laptop: 5G connectivity.

You are probably wondering why I am missing an insignificant function in a team that has practically everything. In most places where I travel with my MacBook Pro, there is a sufficiently stable wireless connection to be able to surf the Internet normally. In other cases, however, the connection is excessively slow or there isn’t even a Wi-Fi network I can connect to. This means that I inevitably have to share the Internet via my iPhone or, if I take it with me, my iPad, which includes the possibility of attaching a SIM card or installing a virtual SIM card in order to be able to browse, in my case, with 4G networks.

This, in turn, has several disadvantages. First of all, the connection is not as fast as if the MacBook itself had the option of including a SIM card to be able to activate the 4G or 5G networks. Secondly, the autonomy of the iPhone or iPad is impaired, since the ‘Personal hotspot’ function, which is used to activate the device as a Wi-Fi receiver, causes the rapid exhaustion of the smartphone or tablet battery.

What’s stopping Apple from putting 5G on its Macs?

The solution to this problem is simple: fire up a MacBook with 5G. However, and at least for the moment, no Apple laptop incorporates this connectivity. Something normal given that this technology reached the iPhone just a year ago. But iPads, as well as Apple mobiles, have supported 4G networks for years. Macs don’t.

One would think that it is due to the processor and the incompatibility of the same when including a 4G or 5G modem. Until now, let’s remember, the company opted for Intel for its computers, and perhaps these SoCs did not offer enough features to provide the team with this component. However, with Apple Silicon chips, it’s a different story.