Apple could introduce cellular 5G MacBooks in 2020

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Would you be excited about a possible cellular MacBook?
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iPhones may not be the only 5G-enabled product Apple introduces next year. According to a new report, Apple is planning its first ever cellular MacBooks for launch during the second half of 2020.

The cellular laptops will use the super speedy new mobile connectivity standard. They will supposedly use a ceramic, rather than metal, antenna component to improve reception and transmission performance.

Right now, DigiTimes is the only place reporting this. That means you should treat the rumors with a pinch of salt until we hear them confirmed somewhere else. While DigiTimes isn’t bad when it comes to supply chain gossip, that doesn’t always turn out to be the whole story.

A number of companies are already making “always connected” laptops. Apple has offered cellular iPads for years. However, it’s never released a cellular Mac. Given that MacBooks are, by definition, supposed to be portable, I can certainly see this appealing to many customers.

Coming soon?

The big question is whether Apple would release multiple 5G products in the same year. Right now, it seems that 5G iPhones will make their debut in 2020. A recent report said that all three new iPhones will boast this next-gen connectivity. This comes as a result of Apple patching up its relationship with 5G leader Qualcomm.

In the meantime, there are other exciting MacBooks to look forward to. This September will supposedly see a new 16-inch MacBook Pro with slimmed down bezels in line with the iPhone X. It could also ditch Apple’s controversial butterfly keyboard in favor of a more reliable design.

Apple is additionally said to be planing to unveil new 13.3-inch versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air at around the same time as the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Would you be interested in a cellular MacBook? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.