Apple to Announce 5G iPad Pro by Fall This Year With New 5nm A14 Chip

  • A report mentions that Apple’s iPad Pro refresh with 5G will launch by Fall 2020.
  • The report also adds that Apple will use a new 5nm A14 chipset for the 2020 iPad Pro.
  • Previous reports have mentioned that the iPad Pro refresh will break cover by the end of 2020.
  • The new iPad Pro will reportedly support both sub 6 GHz and mmWave 5G frequencies.

A new report by Digitimes suggests that Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro refresh could be coming by Q3 2020. This is in line with previous estimates that pegged a late 2020 release timeline for the iPad Pro upgrade. As expected, there are a handful of changes rumored to be present on the 2020 iPad Pro. First and foremost, it is said that this model will finally bring 5G to the iPad lineup, thus making this Apple’s first-ever foray into the 5G fold. However, it’s still not known if the iPad Pro will arrive before the 5G iPhones this year.

Further, it is said that the 5G chip onboard will be capable of offering both mmWave and sub 6 GHz 5G networks to the users, thus making 5G more accessible to Americans. Carriers like T-Mobile use sub 6 GHz 5G while Verizon only offers mmWave 5G. However, VZW has announced that it will launch its ultra-wideband 5G network over the coming months.

The report adds that the new iPad Pro will introduce Apple’s 5nm A14 chipset which could also be known as the A14X going by past history. While Apple is almost confirmed to be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem for its 5G iPhones later this year, the report doesn’t mention if the same modem will be used on this upgraded iPad Pro model. Since Apple hasn’t confirmed any of this information (and it likely won’t until launch), we recommend you to take this report with a grain of salt.

The iPad Pro lineup has served as an excellent alternative to several notebooks and even Microsoft Surface devices by providing a combination of the refined iPadOS as well as desktop-grade hardware. Apple even offers a Face ID sensor with some iPad Pro models, while standard iPad, iPad Air or iPad mini models don’t have it as of yet.

Source: Digitimes (1) (2)

Via: MacRumors