Apple may put (self-developed) 5G modems in iPads next year


Apple’s world-class silicon design teams may be close to introducing internally-developed 5G modems inside iPads as soon as 2021, a report claims.

Apple has invested billions in 5G development

The report suggests the first Apple-developed 5G modems may be made available inside new mini-LED iPad Pro models starting in 2021.

The fresh speculation matches the 2019 prediction that, “it seems possible the company will ship its first 5G modem in an iPad or other device, rather than deploying it across all its mobile products at the same time.”

Apple’s 5G iPhones use 5G chips from Qualcomm, following Apple’s well-publicized peace deal with Qualcomm and its billion-dollar acquisition of Intel’s modem business in 2019.

Prior to Apple reaching its multi-year deal with Qualcomm, the company had been working with Intel to develop its own 5G modems, but it’s thought the effort had hit problems.

(One of these problems may turn out to have been Apple’s subsequently revealed decision to replace Intel’s processors with Apple Silicon in Macs.)

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