Apple is reportedly working on a lineup of 5G connectivity-capable MacBooks, which could hit shelves as soon as the second half of 2020, says a report from DigiTimes.
The sometime accurate publication says Lenovo, HP, and Dell will begin selling 5G-capable laptops later in 2019, with APple following suit in the second half of 2020.
The world’s top-3 notebook vendors Lenovo, HP and Dell are set to introduce their first 5G models in the second half of 2019, and Apple is also expected to roll out its 5G MacBook series in the second half of 2020, according to industry sources.
DigiTimes says their notebook supply chain connections claim Apple has finalized the design of its 5G cellular-capable MacBooks and while it will debut later than its rivals’ designs, the MacBook’s 5G transceiver offers better efficiency and faster high-speed transmission rates than its rivals.
The report says Apple will achieve the better 5G performance via the use of a ceramic antenna board, which is six times more expensive than a regular antenna board, but offers twice the radio efficiency. The 5G-enabled MacBook is said to require 13 to 15 antennas due to its metal chassis, which shields 5G signals.
As is usual for reports like this, especially from DigiTimes, take it all with a grain of your favorite low-sodium seasoning. Nothing is for sure until we see an official announcement come out of Cupertino.