To compete against Apple MacBook Microsoft is exploring the possibility of using broadband chips in Surface Book and Surface Pro to compete against the likes of Apple MacBook, according to the latest patent filed by the Redmond giant.
Microsoft is looking at an “interchangeable housing panel” where the chassis can be “swapped out” to enable faster internet connectivity and other features.
Microsoft explained that it wants to provide users simple and easy to implement “panels” which will change to whole look of the device also with some other additional features. In fact, you’ll be able to switch between different ‘costumes’ while retaining the integrated and seamless feel. You can also switch between “limited” and “high-speed mobile data” connectivity by swapping out the ‘standard Wi-Fi connectivity’ module of Surface Pro or Surface Book.
We shouldn’t expect the next-gen hardware to hit the shelves until 2021 or 2022 as its also worth noting that the Surface Book 3 is just a few months old and Surface Book lineup is typically updated every two years. Surface Book 4 will not be launching anytime soon, Microsoft is planning to launch Surface Pro 8 with Intel Tiger Lake power. But still the design will be unchanged from the previous two generations of the Surface Pro.