In a report to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will launch new iPad Pros with better antenna tech next year and models with 5G support in 2021.
He says the tech giant will be using an “LCP Soft Board” in its next generation of iPad Pro models, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, the first time the company will be using the technology in the product line, one that could potentially help improve the tablet’s wireless communications and set it up for the introduction of 5G in 2021.
Next year’s models will have 11-inch and 12.9-inch displays, the same as the current generation, but will incorporate a “LCP Soft Board,” referring to a material known as Liquid Crystal Polymer, which can be used as a flexible way to connect components together, working around the restrictions of inflexible PCBs.
The use of LCP Soft Board is apparently being made in preparation for the use of 5G modems in the iPad Pro. According to Kuo, Apple will introduce 5G-supporting models in 2021.
Changes this rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 100%. In fact, I think there’s a chance we may see iPad Pros with 5G support late in 2020. After all, that’s when 5G iPhones are expected now that Apple and Qualcomm have settled their legal dispute.