25 December 2020
The rumor mill of next year’s Apple iPad models has already started and there are more rumors joining in quite frequently. Now, a new report from DigiTimes has surfaced that states a new feature of the 2021 iPad Pro. According to the report citing industry sources, high-end iPad models will feature 5G with mmWave support.
The report points out it is very possible that the mmWave antenna in AiP (Antenna in Package) module Apple developing for its next year’s iPhone models could be used in 2021 iPad models as well.
“The self-sufficiency in design and development of AiP modules also means that Apple’s next-generation high-end iPad products to be released in 2021 may also come with mmWave technology, said the sources.”
The report does not explicitly mention the name of the iPad Pro, but it is pretty suggestive that such a feature is going to be borne by the highest-end model only.
The use of mmWave or millimeter-wave promises ultra-fast speeds at short distances and these G frequencies are best suited for dense urban areas. By comparison, sub-6Ghz travel slower than mmWave but the signals can go further.
Do note that Apple iPhone 12 models in the US exclusively support mmWave. We could see a wider rollout of this technology next year.
DigiTimes’ sources further point out the development of AiP modules indicate Apple will one day start developing RF front-end modules (RF-FEM) in-house as well.
A few days back a report from the Korean-based publication The Elec surfaced that mentioned next year’s iPad Pro models could use OLED displays. Two weeks back, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also stated the 2021 iPad may feature a mini-LED display.
Talking about this year’s iPad Pro model, Apple made a relatively minor update, with new features including an A12Z Bionic chip, LiDA scanner for enhanced AR.