Apple is seemingly looking to launch a MacBook with 5G in 2020. DigiTimes report that for better performance, Apple’s 5G antenna will be made of ceramic while its competition will rely on metal antenna boards.
As per the report, by using a ceramic antenna design, Apple would be able to improve its overall efficiency for better speeds and coverage. The ceramic modem will cost Apple almost 5-6x times more than a regular metal antenna but it can get away with using it due to the high prices of its products.
Since the report comes from DigiTimes, it is better to take it with a pinch of salt. It is possible that Apple is exploring the idea of launching a MacBook with 5G connectivity.
Apple is expected to launch new iPhones with 5G in 2020 but there has been no word on the company launching a MacBook with 5G next year as well.
5G networks still have a long way to go in terms of coverage, speed, and reliability before Apple would think of launching a 5G MacBook. Apple is known to adopt any tech only after it has matured and despite the push from carriers, I don’t expect 5G to mature by H2 2020. Even if Apple ends up launching a 5G MacBook, it is unlikely to do so in 2020. 2021 or a year after that sounds more plausible to me.
For now, Apple is preparing to launch a 16-inch MacBook Pro before the end of this year. This new MacBook Pro would feature a Narrow Bezel display which would allow the Cupertino company to fit a 16-inch display in the chassis that’s about the same size as the 15-inch MacBook Pro. It could also be the first MacBook from the company to feature Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake processor and AMD’s 7nm Navi GPUs for superior performance. It is said to feature the more reliable scissor keyboard and a starting price tag of $3,000.