Apple working on its own 5G antenna for iPhone

Joanna Estrada
February 16, 2020

We have no idea what could have possibly changed in a day, and whether or not these new sources cited by Digitimes are different from the "old" ones, but what we do know is that September is not exactly right around the corner. According to a report in Fast Company, in a year where the 5G radio will be the new iPhone's spotlight feature, Apple has made a decision to design the phone's antenna itself. And it looks like smartphones aren't the only thing Cupertino could have up its sleeve for the second half of 2020. But it is not the first time that it has been talked about, not even with regards to tablets.

"Based on its 5G product roadmaps, Apple is expected to launch new iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, incorporating both sub-6GHz and mmWave specs probably in September, which will significantly drive up demand for 5nm A14, the sources said", reads the report from Digitimes. This should negate the need to choose a certain carrier just to enjoy faster data on your new iPhone or iPad.

However, Apple typically designs on several tracks, and it's concurrently working on another design that uses both the Qualcomm modem and antenna. This is not the first report predicting the launch of a 5G-enabled iPad. Apple's own 5G chips may not be ready until 2021 at the earliest. However, more confirmation is good, especially for the iPad, which inevitably generates less media attention than the iPhone. "Apple's next-generation iPad series reportedly will feature a scissor switch keyboard". This will allow for improved augmented reality experiences and better depth of field photography.

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