Aug 2, 2019

Apple reportedly To Launch 5G MacBook In 2020, 10.2-Inch iPad In September

Taiwanese media DigiTimes is out with two reports, one says that Apple is in the work for MacBook Pro models that supports 5G networks and will be released in the second half of next year, and one claims that Apple could release a new 10.2-inch iPad at the end of the third quarter of this year that replaces the existing 9.7-inch entry-level iPad.

To begin, DigiTimes said that Apple has completed the design of the 5G MacBook, but will launch it only later than other vendors. Apple uses the ceramic antenna board to achieve better 5G performance in the MacBook. The cost of the ceramic antenna board is six times that of the ordinary metal antenna board, but the transmission rate is twice that of the metal antenna board and consumes only half of the power.


With a metal body, it's believed that the MacBook will require 13 to 15 antennas in order for 5G to function as it supposes to, by comparison, a 5G smartphone typically uses 11 antennas, thus, the price of the MacBook Pro will likely to increase. Nonetheless, this is the first time we have heard that an upcoming MacBook will support 5G, so treat this rumor with some skepticism.

As for the 10.15-inch iPad, which DigiTimes says it will be available for sale at the end of September, suggesting the device may appear at the iPhone 11 Event. The new iPad is usually released in October, including 2012-2014, and 2018. However, in September 2015, Apple released the original iPad Pro and iPad mini 4.

The news from DigiTimes comes from the supply chain, sometimes accurate and sometimes unreliable.

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