Sources in Apple’s supply chains say the company’s own 5G modem will be ready by the second half of the year and will be used not only in the iPhone 13, but also in one of the 2021 iPad Pros. Rumors recently surfaced that the Californian company will launch an iPad Pro with an OLED matrix in the second half of next year. Apparently, it is he who will receive Apple’s branded 5G modem.
Initially, the appearance of the iPad with support for 5G communication was expected before the end of this year. However, some time ago Rumors have surfaced that Apple has postponed the launch of the 5G iPad Pro to early 2021 due to delays caused by the coronavirus. DigiTimes reports that, amid the news, Apple suppliers are expecting an increase in demand for 5G mmWave antennas. Note that the first 5G iPads will use the same Qualcomm 5G modems as the new iPhone 12s.
But at the same time, the publication separately notes that Apple continues to develop its own 5G modem, which is intended to replace the Qualcomm solution used in the iPhone 12. In addition to the iPhone 13, which will be released next fall, as reported, the proprietary modem will find application in future iPad Pro models, which should also be announced in the fall of 2021 after the new generation of the iPhone.
DigiTimes is known for its reliable supply chain sources, so there is every reason to believe that the forecast will be confirmed. Recall that last summer, Apple acquired most of Intel’s smartphone modem business, so it has a strong foundation for its developments.
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