2021 iPad Pros might get 5G mmWave in addition to mini-LED displays

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What you need to know

  • The rumored 2021 iPad Pros may feature 5G mmWave connectivity.

Reported by MacRumors, Apple may be bringing 5G mmWave support to its iPad Pro models next year. Rumors have suggested that the company is planning to release a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 11-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED displays next year, and now there are more rumors saying that the new models may get the cellular connectivity currently featured in Apple's new iPhone 12 lineup.

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. While not specified, it is almost certain that these models would be iPad Pros given 5G is a high-end feature with higher production costs.

Apple currently relies on 5G modems built by Qualcomm, but recently acquired Intel's modem business with the goal of developing its own antennas for future devices. It appears that the company is getting closer to making that a reality.

According to DigiTimes' sources, Apple's latest push on the development of AiP modules indicates that it is moving one step further towards develop RF front-end (RF-FEM) modules in-house, with the ultimate goal of supplying its own modem devices.

A recent report lines up with previous reports that Apple is working to release the new iPad Pros with mini-LED displays in the first half of 2021. While details are scarce about the inclusion of 5G in those models, it would be a natural progression for the company since the technology is already packed into the iPhone.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.