A new batch of iPad Pro devices are being anticipated for 2021 and the latest rumors on what they may carry may turn heads. Apple has been aggressively ramping up features for its future devices, particularly the shift to 5G technology.

According to sources cited by DigiTimes, the 2021 iPad Pros will be 5G-enabled and come with mmWave support. The mmWave AIP (antenna in package) could be something most are not familiar with. They have been mentioned as a feature that the next iPhone may have.

Should this happen, the next batch of iPad Pros could come armed with ultra-fast speeds at short distances. This would be welcome news to folks located in dense urban areas. Sub-6GHz 5G is generally slower than mmWave, but the signals travel further, better serving suburban and rural areas, Mac Rumors reported.

At the moment, iPhone 12 models in the United States support mmWave. Hence, it makes sense to expect that the next batch of Apple phones will make use of the technology and via wider scope.

If this does come to fruition, it also indicates that Apple may be upping the stakes. It could hint at another big transition to the RF front-end (RF-FEM) modules in-house. Such may lead to seeing the Cupertino company supplying its own modem devices.

From the grapevine, there is the growing belief that Apple will release a high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro featuring a mini-LED display in 2021. There is a chance that it may not debut alone with another 11-inch mini-LED variant also possibly coming out. Though these are interesting speculations, details on either Apple tablet remain limited and scarce for now.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, production for mini-LED displays for the iPad Pro will start by the fourth quarter of 2020. If all goes according to schedule, these tablets could be out by the first half of 2021. However, other reports are alleging that the release of a mini-LED iPad Pro could happen in early 2021. Either way, it would best to take all of these with a grain of salt for now.

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