Apple is reported to have started working on MacBooks that have 5G cellular connectivity that may launch as early as the second half of 2020, according to DigiTimes.
Dell, HP and Lenovo are expected to start with 5G-compatible laptops this year, with Apple following up with high-speed notebooks or 5G MacBook series. The publication claims that their supply chain connection said that Apple has just finalized their MacBook 5G design, and while they may be lagging behind the high-speed transmission race their transceivers have higher rates and efficiency than the others.
Apple is said to be using the more expensive ceramic antenna board for improved efficiency and transmission rate. High costs are also associated with the fact that Apple may be giving the new MacBook a metal chassis, which can shield the signal.
The Cupertino-based company has tried combining cellular connectivity with MacBooks before, but it was shut down by Steve Jobs since it locked Apple users to specific carriers and took up too much space.