Apple WiBook?

5:50 PM -- If the chatter about an Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) netbook turns out to be right, I reckon that WiMax is quite possibly going to be one of the connection options.

Intel's newer low-power Atom netbook chips -- and the coming "Pine Trail" upgrade -- should make it easier for vendors of the smaller mobile computers to include more connectivity options. I'd think that Apple would want the trifecta of WiFi, 3G, and WiMax to ensure maximum compatibility options.

Of course, for many vendors, the pricing of these units is so tight that multiple radios becomes a costly option. I would expect, however, that Apple could charge a premimium for an iNet over its $500 competition.

Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) already has connection manager software for Macs on its books, although I imagine that Apple would want any WiMax offering to support enough frequency bands to make its product viable as a global sell.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

omniobso 12/5/2012 | 3:59:30 PM
re: Apple WiBook?

Come on Dan, you know as well as I do that Apple is a 'proprietary' IPR company.  I really apprciate the kaleidascope' nature of your thinking; but this one's a real stretch. Apple in bed with Google?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:59:28 PM
re: Apple WiBook? I see it more as Apple dotting the Is and crossing the Ts on connectivity offerings. The company can't be properitary about comms standards, they certainly haven't been with WiFi.