According to the report, we can expect the next iPhone to feature an Apple A14 processor with a Qualcomm X55 modem inside. And while the iPad Pro will likely use the A14X processor, it too is thought to be set for 5G capabilities. Both mmWave and sub-6GHz are expected to be supported.
DigiTimes believes that both devices will be announced in September despite the usual release cadence being an October announcement.
Based on its 5G product roadmaps, Apple is expected to launch new iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, incorporating both sub-6GHz and mmWave specs probably in September, which will significantly drive up demand for 5nm A14, the sources said.
A14 can be applied to diverse iOS mobile devices for different 5G frequency bands as long as corresponding modem chips and AiP modules are adopted, the sources indicated, adding that Qualcomm will provide 5G Snapdragon X55 modem chipsets for new iPhone devices in 2020.
A second report suggests that a new ToF and DoF ability could be added, too.
Win Semi reportedly will be the sole fabricator of VCSEL components for ToF (time of flight) AR and depth-of-field (DoF) photography applications, as its US IDM clients have also captured orders from Apple. The ToF camera modules are expected to be incorporated into 5G iPhones and iPads to be released in the second half of 2020, the sources said.
If 5G is indeed coming to the iPad Pro in 2020, we’d expect it to make the move to other iPads in 2021. The iPad Pro will undoubtedly be the first to receive more advanced and more costly technology ahead of other, cheaper models.
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