Apple is gearing up to introduce its first iPhone with the 5G, but the iPad and possibly the MacBook will follow suit.
A 5G connection will come with, in particular, the rumored iPhone 12 Pro Max, which may be the fastest 5G known as mmWave, aka millimeter-wave 5G (FastCompany).
Less expensive future iPhones can get sub-6GHz 5G, which is slower but has better coverage.
But 5G makes its way to the iPad and perhaps the MacBook.
Future iPad and Apple-Processor MacBook with 5G
Like the iPhone, future iPads will support both sub 6GHz 5G and mmWave 5G.
Today, Apple offers the iPad with the option of 4G. For example, the new iPad Pro is configurable with 4G for an additional $ 150. Expect similar options for future 5G iPads.
And with Apple switching to its own processor on future MacBooks – similar to the processors found on the iPhone and iPad – it is likely that 5G will eventually be introduced here as well.
This will be the first time for Apple. To date, the company never offered a cellular connection on its MacBook, despite being available on laptops from companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell for years.
- Fast 5G: Mmwave, aka millimeter-wave
- Slow 5G: Sub 6GHz – better coverage than mmWave
A lengthy Reddit post in June (via iMore) from the Apple leaker briefly discusses the possible future of packing the 12G MacBook 5G (and reiterates rumors about a powerful Apple processor for the MacBook, which comes in the iPhone and iPad Is with more cores than pieced series. Today).
A MacBook with 5G has also been mentioned in a previous year’s reports (via MacRumors) that have achieved better 5G performance than the competition via a ceramic antenna board.
Whatever it is, Apple will eventually be offered a 5G option on their MacBooks to remain competitive. HP, which has long been a leader in offering laptops with cellular connections, will offer 5G on future laptops, a source close to HP told me recently.