Latest reports from Taiwanese media, Digitimes, suggests that Apple will its first cellular notebook next year. The MacBook will support 5G features and it will be available in the second half of 2020. According to the report, Apple will use ceramic antenna assemblies for better 5G performance. Apple has been quite silent with its 5G development. Apple’s 5G iPhones will arrive in 2020 at the earliest. There is no confirmation for this MacBook thus its best to take this information with a pinch of salt.
The report claims that Apple’s ceramic antenna boards for 5G connection will be better than metals which is currently in use. It claims that this will significantly increase cellular reception and transmission speed. Furthermore, it claims that ceramic materials can increase the speed of 5G by a factor of two. However, the cost of ceramic components is six times that of standard components. Nevertheless, Apple’s high-price/high-end system enable it to make such strategic decisions.
In 2019, Apple will introduce a redesigned MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display. The new screen bezel will be narrower than the current Pro design, and the 16-inch screen will take up almost the same physical chassis space as the existing 15-inch MacBook Pro. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is expected to be equipped with a new scissors-switched keyboard that marks the end of the controversial and unreliable butterfly keyboard in Apple’s notebooks. This new model is considered a complement to the MacBook Pro series, not a 15-inch replacement, starting at around $3,000.