Apple wants to use 5G antennas designed in-house for its 5G iPhone

Joanna Estrada
February 17, 2020

The Apple iPad Pro line is long overdue for an upgrade considering that the recent model was released in 2018. The source that supports this news is DigiTimes in two separate reports.

Apple already introduced an entry-level tablet back in September 2019.

Apple also dropped prices on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, thereby making it more accessible to the consumers looking for a midrange smartphone under Rs 30,000. And it looks like smartphones aren't the only thing Cupertino could have up its sleeve for the second half of 2020. This momentum is expected to continue over the coming months and should help Apple keep up with Samsung and OnePlus, which occupied the second and first place positions in the premium market respectively previous year.

Support for both sub-6GHz and mmWave bands will allow these devices to connect to nearly all 5G networks. This should negate the need to choose a certain carrier just to enjoy faster data on your new iPhone or iPad.

Additionally, Fast Company points out that Apple may design its own 5G antenna because it wants as few Qualcomm-developed components in its devices as possible.

Qualcomm will still be the primary supplier of the 5G modems in this year's iPhones, of course. The rumours are suggesting that Apple isn't very satisfied with Qualcomm's antenna, and because of this reason the company is planning to make its own custom antenna for 5G in its upcoming 2020 iPhone. However, more confirmation is good, especially for the iPad, which inevitably generates less media attention than the iPhone. This will "significantly drive up demand" for the 5-nanometer chips, the report adds. This will allow for improved augmented reality experiences and better depth of field photography.

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