On January 15, according to DigiTimes reports, Apple is developing an iPad that supports 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) technology, and is expected to be a 5G iPad Pro this year.
The millimeter wave may sound strange, but it is the only way to 5G. According to the 3GPP protocol, 5G mainly uses two frequency bands: one is FR1, with a range of 450MHz to 6GHz, which is currently used in almost all LTE networks; and the other FR2 is millimeter wave, with a range of 24.25GHz to 52.6GHz. It is the key word in the 5G era. It has the advantages of fast speed, high reliability, and good directivity. It can be said that the use and performance are much higher than the traditional frequency band below 6GHz. However, due to the short distance and the need to lay a large area, the cost is high. It was not until 2017 that Qualcomm proved the feasibility of the inter-city layout.
After several years of research and practice, millimeter wave technology is very likely to enter our lives this year. Although it is not known which iPad Apple used it for, but considering the low cost, it is speculated that the probability will be 5G iPad Pro.
The launch date is not yet clear. Usually, Apple's new technology will be tried on the iPhone first, and then iPad. However, there are occasional exceptions. For example, the third-generation iPad launched in March 2012 supported the 4G network earlier than the iPhone. We predict that we can meet it in October this year, and the earliest may be in the first half of the year.
It is worth noting that the new iPad may also apply time-of-flight (ToF) technology to enhance AR / VR functions, while Taiwan's advanced semiconductor engineering company may provide packaged antenna technology for 5G iPad and 5G iPhone. 5G is still a high-end feature, coupled with such a large technical cost, this 5G iPad Pro may be priced higher. Do you want to enjoy the new technology for the first time, or do you plan to wait until the price of 5G equipment drops?