Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 21:19 UTC
Apple Apple held its keynote speech just now, kicking off its developer conference. The company announced minor refreshes for its laptop line, introduced a stunning new laptop with a Retina display, and gave a sneak peek of iOS 6, which will launch in the Fall.
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Death of Wired networking
by jared_wilkes on Tue 12th Jun 2012 06:06 UTC
jared_wilkes
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2011-04-25

Apple has begun to ditch ethernet. The PC industry will take a decade to do so. (More re: timeframes: Apple's entire line of products will likely be "Retina" in less than 3 years.)

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RE: Death of Wired networking
by Neolander on Tue 12th Jun 2012 08:14 in reply to "Death of Wired networking"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

It wouldn't be bad news if the rest of the laptop industry didn't follow Apple on that one. Everyone who lives in a house built with thick walls or reinforced concrete, or who relies on a WiFi router that typically has a dozen clients connected at the same time, knows how much WiFi is actually worth. It works well most of the time, but cannot replace wired connections for all intents and purpose.

Edited 2012-06-12 08:19 UTC

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RE[2]: Death of Wired networking
by zima on Mon 18th Jun 2012 22:19 in reply to "RE: Death of Wired networking"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Everyone who lives in a house built with thick walls or reinforced concrete, or who relies on a WiFi router that typically has a dozen clients connected at the same time, knows how much WiFi is actually worth.

I wonder if that's partly a matter of different customs in building methods ...it seems that light frame wooden construction is quite popular in the US (also, suburban sprawl might help with less contention) - while relatively rare in the EU for example, where buildings typically use more solid methods (and people - so also routers - live more densely)

Alas, US is such big and profligate market that it can greatly influence the overall direction.

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RE: Death of Wired networking
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2012 09:20 in reply to "Death of Wired networking"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes, because if you don't need it, no one does, right? No matter how totally unreliable and insecure wifi really is. Form > function.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Most of the time your laptop will be unwired. Why carry an ethernet port if it's seldom used? Same for an optical drive.

The whole point of a laptop is to be portable.

If you want/need a network cable you might as well get a desktop computer.

My iMac at work has only one wire: the power cable.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

I'm not suggesting this in the least. (There is still an option with ethernet and there is an adapter for those models without it built-in.) What I am suggesting is that Apple can and does do more to move the state of the art forward.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

It's a laptop. If you need wired networking just buy a dirt-cheap USB ethernet. These things cost like $2 years ago when I got one and I presume they haven't gotten more expensive since.

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RE[2]: Death of Wired networking
by nefer on Wed 13th Jun 2012 10:47 in reply to "RE: Death of Wired networking"
nefer Member since:
2012-02-15

You're missing the point. Its the entire notebook formfactor thats shifting and has been since its original incarnation.

Notebooks originally started their life as "foldable, luggable desktop machines" and are heading towards "foldable ipads with a keyboard". Advances in this formfactor have been made along this vector for decades, dropping wired networking and making it thinner is just another step.

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redshift Member since:
2006-05-06

Well.... they do have a thunderbolt dongle for it. So you can have ethernet if you want it. I personally would have rather had the ethernet port over the memory card slot.

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RE: Death of Wired networking
by Mellin on Tue 12th Jun 2012 10:30 in reply to "Death of Wired networking"
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

wifi is to insecure

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jackeebleu Member since:
2006-01-26

I love seeing people being negative that can't spell.

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RE: Death of Wired networking
by Soulbender on Wed 13th Jun 2012 05:35 in reply to "Death of Wired networking"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Not to rain on your Apple-pride parade or anything but..."PC" laptops/netbooks/etc without ethernet has been available for a LONG time.

Edited 2012-06-13 05:35 UTC

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RE: Death of Wired networking
by zima on Mon 18th Jun 2012 22:53 in reply to "Death of Wired networking"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple has begun to ditch ethernet. The PC industry will take a decade to do so.

I present you... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLPC_XO-1 - no ethernet.
(while not strictly "PC industry" this one, there were some mainstream netbooks also omitting it; searching would be too tedious)

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