Apple’s own 5G ‘iPhone 13’ modem may be used in iPad Pro

Supply chain sources suggest Apple’s plans to make its own mmWave 5G modem for the next iPhone, are sufficiently advanced that it may also use them in a 2021 iPad Pro.

Following recent rumors that Apple will release an OLED iPad Pro in the second half of 2021, new reports suggest that the device may gain 5G. Specifically, two separate reports claim that 5G systems are expected, and that Apple’s may use its own 5G modem in the iPad Pro.

A 5G iPad Pro has previously been rumored, with reports that its production was pushed back to early 2021 because of coronavirus delays. Now the claim is that whether or not that model arrives, Apple is planning an iPad Pro that will feature its own design of 5G modem.

According to one report in Digitimes, the supply chain is expecting to see an increase in demand for 5Gmm Wave

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Apple Black Friday 2020 deals: Up to $69 off latest Apple Watch models now, iPad and AirPods price cuts coming soon

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Here’s a dirty secret about the Apple Store: It’s the worst place to buy Apple products if you want the best deal. That applies to Black Friday or any other day. That means you can already score some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday Apple deals, including the new Apple Watch Series 6, the 2020 (Intel) MacBook Air and Apple’s signature AirPods Pro headphones, so long as you check out competing stores — albeit an authorized Apple retailer — such as Amazon, Target and Walmart.

So, if you’re looking for an early Black Friday deal on an Apple device or accessory, keep reading. We’ll keep track of current prices and how they square up with discounts we’ve seen in the past.

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Black Friday 2020 Apple deals: $49 off latest Apple Watch models now, iPad and AirPods price cuts coming soon

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Here’s a dirty secret about the Apple Store: It’s the worst place to buy Apple products if you want the best deal. Whether it’s Black Friday or any other day. That means you can score some great deals on Apple products, including the new Apple Watch Series 6, the 2020 (Intel) MacBook Air and Apple’s signature AirPods Pro headphones, so long as you check out competing stores (albeit authorized Apple retailers) like Amazon, Target and Walmart. Below, we’ll keep track of current prices and how they square up with discounts we’ve seen in the past. 

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The latest Apple Watch with even more features is now on sale. In addition to an always-on display

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GeForce Now cloud gaming service is now available as a web app for iPhone and iPad

Cutting corners: The App Store is still a hostile place for cloud gaming platforms, but things seem to be taking a positive turn. Nvidia’s GeForce Now is now accessible through Safari on iOS, and it won’t be long before Microsoft’s xCloud will be available there as well.

Rumors had been circling around that Nvidia was working on a GeForce Now browser client that would allow Fortnite players to experience the game on iOS devices, and give Epic the chance to bypass the App Store entirely.

Today, Nvidia announced it would join other cloud gaming providers such as Microsoft and Amazon in going the web app route to avoid Apple’s strict App Store guidelines that look increasingly like a weapon to wield against competitors as opposed to protecting users.

And that’s not an understatement. It’s how a former App Store exec described it in a testimony for the House antitrust subcommittee,

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AirPods Pro, iPad, iPhone, New MacBook Pro Deals

Black Friday sales on Apple products have already begun. As usual, you won’t find the best deals at Apple itself so I have rounded up the top live deals you will find around the web. These include big savings on AirPods, iPhones, iPads, iMacs, MacBooks, the Apple Watch and Beats headphones. 

Note: if you are waiting to see what Apple offers, don’t bother. The best it has come up with in recent years is an Apple Store Gift Card, and deals are primarily on older products. The deals below are much better.

Best Black Friday Apple iPhone Deals

  • 11/15 STAR DEAL – iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max – Save up to $800 on activation and qualified trade-in with AT&T and save up to $440 on activation and
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Kuo: Mini-LED iPad and AirPods 3 Coming First Half of 2021

Apple intends to launch an iPad with a mini-LED display and AirPods 3 with a design signature similar to AirPods Pro in the first half of next year, according to TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


In a research note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo’s latest predictions relate to the fortunes of Taiwanese manufacturer Career Technology, which is expected to be a key partner in the supply chain for Apple’s products in 2021, thanks to its flexible soft board technology.

LCP (liquid crystal polymer) soft boards are said to offer a flexible way to connect components together while facilitating high-speed, low-latency data transfer. Career is expected to regain orders for acoustic and optical components in soft boards destined for a mini-LED ‌iPad‌, which will be mass produced in the first half of 2021, according to the note.

Kuo said roughly eight months ago that Apple has six mini-LED products

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Budget-friendly deals: $299 iPad, cheap $149 iPod touch, 20% off MagSafe charging stand

Shopppers looking for the best Apple bargains can pick up a 2020 iPad for $299 or an iPod touch for as low as $149.99 today only. Time is also running out to lock in a 20% discount on Grovemade’s premium MagSafe charging stand for the new iPhone 12.

Early Black Friday iPad deals

Stockouts continue to plague iPads at leading Apple resellers, so now is the time to secure your place in line to save $30 to $35 on Apple’s latest 8th Generation iPad at Amazon for delivery in mid-November (at press time).

Both the 32GB and 128GB Wi-Fi models are on sale, with the lowest 10.2-inch iPad prices on cellular models and additional finishes at your fingertips in our Price Guide.

Apple iPad 8th Gen on sale from $299

Today only: iPod touch for $149.99

Amazon-owned Woot is also getting in on the deal frenzy leading up to Black Friday by delivering the cheapest iPod

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Apple iPad Air 4th generation 2020 review: Pro features, cheaper price

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  • The new iPad Air feels like the premium tablet we’ve been wanting from Apple for years: a tablet with a modern design and larger screen similar to the Pro, but without the $800 minimum price tag. 
  • It’s the best iPad in Apple’s lineup for those who want a general purpose tablet for entertainment and productivity.
  • That also means there’s less that distinguishes the iPad Pro from the iPad Air, making it a harder sell.

iPad Air Landscape



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The tablet’s place in our daily lives has perhaps changed more than that of any other tech gadget in the last several years.

Early tablets like the first-generation iPad were positioned as being a more ideal screen for doing many of the things people had only just started doing regularly on their smartphones, like watching videos, browsing

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Early Black Friday iPad Deals Offer Up to $400 in Cash Savings

Retailers continue to deliver early Black Friday savings as shoppers stock up on holiday gifts ahead possible stockouts. Here’s a roundup of the best deals and lowest prices on a variety of models, with prices starting at just $299 and discounts of up to $400 off.

Early Black Friday deals on iPads

The best iPad deals are always at your fingertips in the AppleInsider Price Guide, but we’ve included our absolute favorites below, starting with the 8th Generation iPad for $299.

Prices have also been slashed on closeout iPad Pros, with the Late 2018 models hundreds of dollars off. Like the 2020 models, the 2018 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro both support the second-generation Apple Pencil and feature a 120Hz ProMotion display. Starting at $849 for LTE models, these deals provide shoppers with a lot of bang for your buck.

Those looking for the latest iPad can also save

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Apple Wins Patents for possible future HomePod Mini Speaker Technology + Magnetics supporting a Dual Display iPad

 

In May Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled “Apple Reveals new Speaker System Design that is focused on Operating at Cooler Temperatures.” Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent that relates to a next generation audio system or speaker that is focused on running cooler to ensure quality audio and safeguard components.  

 

Unlike many larger electronic devices, such as computers, for example, many home audio systems may be premised on limited noise during operation, which may remove items like cooling fans from some home audio systems that may produce audible noise with the cooling operations.

 

Apple’s patent FIG. 1 below shows a schematic cross-sectional elevation view of an audio system that may include microphones or recording devices, antennas or other communication features, lighting and/or power capabilities, cameras, sensors including environmental sensors and motion sensors or positioning sensors and more.

 

By incorporating a duct

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