Apple is supposedly readying 5G-enabled iPad models ready to launch as early as the second half of 2020, with sources claiming the devices with feature mmWave support for ultra-fast cellular connectivity.
Citing industry sources, DigiTimes has claimed Apple will launch its first 5G-enabled product later this year, with the company relying on Taiwanese Advanced Semiconductor Engineering to supply the antenna-in-package technology for both the 5G iPad models and Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 line, which is expected to comprise of five 5G-compatible devices.
The report doesn’t mention what else is coming to the 2020 iPad Pro, although the model is said to feature mmWave 5G supposed to sub-6GHz 5G. mmWave frequencies allow devices to best perform in dense urban areas where the cellular connection is stronger, whereas sub-6GHz 5G performs better serving suburban and rural areas where cellular towers are further away.
Apple usually brings the latest technology to its iPhone models prior to launching later on the iPad. It is unclear if the 5G-enabled iPad will launch alongside the iPhone 12 in September, or if Apple will decide to launch the new cellular iPad ahead of the iPhone, possibly at WWDC.