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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RE[7]: Death of Wired networking
by Alfman on Wed 13th Jun 2012 04:28 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Death of Wired networking"
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"Well, 'a' case and an extreme one. I'm not likely to be found in a room with over 500 laptop users all using WiFi."

I shouldn't need to spell this out, but your ignoring classroom settings were many students will have WiFi/bluetooth/etc devices competing for the same bandwidth. Ideally they shouldn't have to pull a steve jobs so that the presenter can access the network. The situation may be even worse due to the fact that WiFi penetrates both walls and floors, and even weak signal interference can cause exponential back-off latency. Even if ethernet is not needed regularly, many computer users will be thankful to have it when WiFi is absent or inadequate. Laptops without ethernet should be available to consumers who *really* want that, but it would be a disservice for a company like apple to remove it from all product lines while pretending its best for everyone. Hopefully apple agrees to continue integrating ethernet into the future.

"Public places seldom (I can't name any) have an network socket in the wall."

I've seen coffee houses that offer WiFi with no visible sockets, but eithernet is usually available at airports, hotels, university classrooms, dormitories, offices.

A separate issue is that it's easier to spoof WiFi APs than to physically bug ethernet wiring, which is an additional security risk. Consider how easy it'd be to setup rogue Wifi in a hotel, for example.

Edited 2012-06-13 04:32 UTC

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