Apple has never made a MacBook with a mobile phone connection, but that may change as soon as next year when a new report states that the first 5G MacBook is on track for a launch by the end of 2020.
More Apple competitors already sells laptops with built-in 4G support. In addition, Dell, HP and Lenovo are already expected to be among the first companies to launch 5G laptops this year. But DigiTimes suggests that it is Apple's first 5G MacBook that will really stand out from the crowd.
Apple is probably considering using ceramic antennas in its upcoming 5G MacBook, instead of metal. The report says that ceramic antennas have twice as high transmission and reception efficiency for metal 5G antennas, even though they cost six times more than metal antennas.
As exciting as a MacBook Pro or Air with out-of-the-box mobile support may sound, nothing confirms these claims. Apple is expected to launch three 5G iPhones next fall, according to recent reports, and that seems reasonable. After all, Apple has never rushed to use new wireless speeds and waited for coverage to improve in previous years before launching 3G and 4G iPhones.
It will do the same with 5G, so there are reports that say 5G iPhones coming next year are more credible. But we have no other evidence that Apple is considering making a 5G MacBook for a launch by the end of 2020.
That said, Apple is also rumored to be working on ARM MacBooks which will be powered by the A-Series chips in instead of Intel silicon. It's worth pointing out that some of the Windows-based laptops with LTE connectivity out there are also built on Qualcomm ARM platforms. This begs the obvious question: will Apple's 5G MacBook also be Apple's first ARM laptop? Digitimes does not mention it, and there need not be a connection between the two technologies. But it is certainly interesting to speculate in. After all, ARM chips can deliver improvements in speed and energy efficiency that would go hand in hand with 5G connectivity.