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The latest MacBook Air models exceeded the expectations of many, although there are plenty of folks still pining for a built-in 3G modem to make the tiny notebook a true rival for cheaper netbooks. If a recent Apple survey is any indication, Cupertino might just be paying attention to those wishes.
AppleInsider is reporting that an Apple survey to “select MacBook Air owners this week” seems to pose a number of questions on how users are working with the diminutive notebook, particularly where 3G data, syncing and new feature requests are concerned.
Among the questions asked of customers in the survey is how they typically sync data, with responses including MobileMe, Google Docs, DropBox and Windows Live. 3G data-related questions are also featured prominently in the survey.
“In general, what would cause you to use a 3G connection instead of a wireless connection?” one question asked, with potential responses that include “I already pay for 3G service,” “Using 3G is quicker” and “Using 3G is easier.” Apple also inquired about the type of 3G connection used with the MacBook Air, which includes MiFis, USB dongles and various methods of cell phone tethering (USB, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi).
AppleInsider notes that Apple surveys to customers are rare, but not unheard of. “The last survey AppleInsider can recall was conducted back in February 2009 to help shape the future of the Apple TV,” the website notes -- and we all know how that worked out, with a smaller, storage-free and much cheaper second generation Apple TV.
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