Although much talk has been played about a 5G iPhone arriving next years ago, a similar iPad has been missed from the rotation. But it is changing today, as an analyst predicts that Apple could prepare a launch in 2021
It's not surprising that the iPhone series is the first to offer 5G from Apple, but that doesn't mean the mobile-enabled iPad will miss of fun. According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to launch a 5G-compatible iPad model in 2021. To get there, Apple needs to lay the groundwork in 2020, though.
Kuo expects Apple to use an "LCP Soft Board" in the next generation iPad Pro, the first time the company has done such a thing. This model is expected to start mass production once between the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of next year. Models will keep the 11 and 12.9 inch screen sizes currently on the market.
The aforementioned LCP Soft Board will make it a flexible piece in the new iPad models, so it can connect components in a different way than the rigid planks currently used. This is Apple's first step to improving overall antenna technology in the mobile iPad Pro, but it will also down the path of a 5G iPad Pro in 2021.
Nothing is confirmed yet. And Apple's plans can surely change before mass production starts for this iPad. But a 2021 launch makes sense, with the iPhone kicking off the 5G love by 2020.
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