Aug 8, 2019

5G MacBooks To Arrive in 2020, But They'll Be Pricey As Usual

The most expensive MacBook is in the works. A crucial part of the reasons why it would be the series' most expensive release to date is its use of a ceramic antenna board, one that can accommodate the 5G connectivity feature.

Latest speculations now indicate that Apple is already scheduled to introduce a new MacBook iteration equipped with 5G connectivity in 2020. The rumor's source added the projected date will be in the latter half of next year. If this turns out to be the real deal, then the purported MacBook refresh will be the series' first cellular entry from its portfolio.

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch 2019

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch 2019

Lowest Price in the Philippines P76,990

Accordingly, Apple is looking at using a ceramic antenna board in order to bring about the 5G connectivity feature in its MacBook lineup. Whether or not it will debut in the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air series still remains to be revealed.

Apple MacBook Air 13" 2019

Apple MacBook Air 13" 2019

Lowest Price in the Philippines P41,556.12

Now, while the new antenna board would mean better reception and skyrocketing speeds, the only downside in it is its potentially through-the-roof cost, which is likely to be six times more expensive than the usual metal component. In the case of the more premium MacBook Pro, this could be fatal for those who are already cash-strapped.

Apple may very well be considering now the possible designs of its purported, 5G-enabled MacBooks, but if we are to consider the Cupertino, California-based firm's recent developments, we wouldn't be surprised if this doesn't pan out in its intended 2020 timeline. As far as its plans go at the moment, it appears that the only surefire 5G lineup that could be coming from Apple is its 2020 iPhone series.

This 2019, Apple is seen busying itself from readying their redesigned MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display panel. In addition, the new, larger screen would sport narrower bezels, akin to the current Pro lineup's design, with the 16-inch variant taking up about the same physical chassis space with that of the existing MacBook Pro series. The 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh is also tipped to come with a new scissor-switch-mechanism keyboard. This could very well spell doom for the polarizing buttery keyboard in Apple laptops.

Other laptop manufacturers such as Dell and HP are also set to introduce their 5G-enabled notebooks in 2019, with ASUS and Acer now working on their designs respectively. Other notebook makers are yet to announce their intention to join in the fold. The Chinese notebook maker Lenovo is also set to unleash its 5G-connected laptops featuring an all-day battery during the 4th quarter of this year.

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